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Is Quantitative Research Ethical? Tools for Ethically Practicing, Evaluating, and Using Quantitative Research

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This editorial challenges traditional approaches to quantitative research (QR) and proposes a new framework focused on ethical and contextual implications.

It critiques existing theoretical foundations and advocates for purpose-driven QR that aligns with specific problems or situations. The concept of “relational validity” is introduced as a tool for evaluating QR quality, emphasizing the ethical connection between researchers’ goals, the orientation of QR, and its execution. By breaking free from conventional QR logics and practices, this new approach allows for practical and ethically informed solutions to real-world problems.

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