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ERIC Number: ED466772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 17
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Without Value, without Validity.
Spooner, Marc T.
At the heart of the debate over validity in qualitative research are ontological, epistemological, methodological, and axiological questions that are themselves blurred in a postmodern/poststructuralist matrix. This paper explores some of the foundations and criteria for establishing, representing, and evaluating the truth, rigor, and accuracy of accounts of lived experience. The conventional manner in which to discuss conceptions of quantitative validity is to frame the discussion along the paradigm axis, but newer discourses about validity have adopted a more relational, as opposed to methodological, perspective. The paper reviews the development of various widely held conceptualizations of validity and proposes an eclectic/stage reformulation of validity. In the end, researchers ought to strive to reconstruct descriptions and interpretations that are supported by evidence and to develop theories that both fit and "work. Qualitative researchers should be trying to understand social phenomena and to re-present it in as transparent and credible a fashion as possible, although it must be remembered that as finite beings, all researchers can do is construct social and educational worlds. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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