ERIC Number: ED454243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
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Qualitative Analysis on Stage: Making the Research Process More Public.
Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Brown, Kathleen M.
The increased use of qualitative research methods has spurred interest in developing formal standards for assessing its validity. These standards, however, fall short if they do not include public disclosure of methods as a criterion. The researcher must be accountable in documenting the actions associated with establishing internal validity (triangulation), theme development, and the relationship between research questions and data sources. This paper calls for openness about analytical techniques in qualitative research. Tables of strategies are included that have been used in qualitative research as examples of approaches that should enhance the opportunity for criticism and public inspection of qualitative studies. The qualitative ethic calls for researchers to substantiate their interpretations and findings with a public accounting of the research process. An appendix contains interview questions from a study that is used as an example of good practice in qualitative research. (Contains 3 tables and 44 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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