Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday's Word

Qualitative / adjective

1. concerned with quality or qualities

Firstly, it was woefully underfunded. Secondly, by making testing the end-all-be-all of educational performance, we ignored the more qualitative dimensions of education, which help a child expand and become a whole person.
-- Rep. Dennis Kucinich, The Washington Post, 2007-10-18

Many agencies are abandoning the painstaking analysis of reams of statistical information - called quantitative research - in favor of one-on-one and group interviews, or qualitative research.
-- Randall Rothenburn, New York Times, 1969-04-06

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