ERIC Number: ED454270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Educational Research as Disciplined Inquiry: Examining the Facets of Rigor in Our Work.
This paper explores how facets of the concept "rigor" might be applied to questions about the validity and reliability of research independently of the research modes. The focus of the critical lens could then be on how to assess the contribution of various forms of research rather than on the "paradigm wars" and arguments about various research modes. The paper opens with a brief look at theoretical frameworks that acknowledge the legitimacy of different forms or modes of inquiry and allow a more direct focus on rigor within different forms. The discussion of rigor presents a recent history of the concepts of reliability and validity that tracks changes in meaning, followed by an illustration of how these concepts work together to provide a sense of rigor. It is suggested that rigor needs to account for the application or use of research, opening the way for looking at several aspects of rigor including ethics, professionalism, and rhetoric. The discussion of these issues is framed by quotations from "Under Which Lyre: A Reactionary Tract for the Times" by W. H. Auden (1946). (Contains 40 references and 7 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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