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ERIC Number: ED363628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Pages: 22
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The Concept of Reliability as It Pertains to Data from Qualitative Studies.
Clonts, Jean G.
This paper presents a review of the literature on reliability in qualitative studies. Reliability is defined as the extent to which studies can be replicated, using the same methods, and getting the same results. It is the degree to which data are independent of the accidental circumstances of the research. The review includes the following three major areas: (1) the use of the qualitative paradigm; (2) the traditional interpretation of reliability; and (3) various strategies for enhancing and insuring reliability. In presenting advantages of a post-paradigmatic view, B. Thompson (1989) notes there are "myriad views of the qualitative paradigm" and urges researchers to be "conscious of the restrictions on insight imposed by their paradigm." Thus, several different perspectives are explored. Strategies are presented to enhance reliability through study design, data collection, and data analysis. Other general categories of strategies that are explored are generalizability theory as an estimate of reliability and the presentation of research as the vehicle of assessing research credibility. Three tables summarize points about research reliability. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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