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ERIC Number: EJ1106823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Ethical Implications of Validity-vs.-Reliability Trade-Offs in Educational Research
Fendler, Lynn
Ethics and Education, v11 n2 p214-229 2016
In educational research that calls itself empirical, the relationship between validity and reliability is that of trade-off: the stronger the bases for validity, the weaker the bases for reliability (and vice versa). Validity and reliability are widely regarded as basic criteria for evaluating research; however, there are ethical implications of the trade-off between the two. The paper traces a brief history of the concepts, and then describes four ethical issues associated with the validity-reliability trade-off in educational research: bootstrapping, stereotyping, dehumanization, and determinism. The article closes by describing emerging trends in social science research that have the potential to displace the validity-reliability trade-off as a central concern for the evaluation of educational research: the introduction of translational sciences, a shift from significance to replicability, a move from inference to Big Data, and the increasing importance of consequential validity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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