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Positivism stresses the use of precise research methods, which are a fundamental starting point of science in the formation of knowledge.

  • Considers as scientific only such methods, which are based on immediate observation and measurement of phenomena with various quantitative variables
  • Emphasises the idea of objectivism in research methods
  • Emphasises that scientific observations and measurement methods are inherently objective,

Positivism is a contrast orientation to interpretivism.

Links to more information:

Positivism. New World Encyclopedia.

Positivism, 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica.