ERIC Number: ED516416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Validity in Qualitative Research: Application of Safeguards
Daytner, Katrina M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education conference (18th, Cedarville, OH, Jun 10, 2006)
The construct of validity has received considerable attention in qualitative methods literature (Denzin, 1989; Erickson, 1986; Geertz, 1973; Goetz & LeCompte, 1984; Howe & Eisenhart, 1990; Maxwell, 1992; Smith & Glass, 1987). Much of the attention has been focused upon the issue of whether qualitative results and interpretations accurately reflect the meanings, perceptions, and beliefs of the participants, programs, and settings about which they are written. This conceptual paper will describe six different safeguards designed to increase the accuracy and validity of qualitative results. These safeguards include: triangulation, establishing a data trail, acknowledging researcher subjectivity, member checks and participant review, prolonged engagement, and consideration of disconfirming evidence and contradictory interpretations. The author will discuss the application of these safeguards to a qualitative case study.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A