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ERIC Number: EJ897363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Validity, Responsibility, and Aporia
Koro-Ljungberg, Mirka
Qualitative Inquiry, v16 n8 p603-610 Oct 2010
In this article, the author problematizes external, objectified, oversimplified, and mechanical approaches to validity in qualitative research, which endorse simplistic and reductionist views of knowledge and data. Instead of promoting one generalizable definition or operational criteria for validity, the author's "deconstructive validity work" addresses how validity can be framed in the context of researchers' responsibility and decision making during the research process. More specifically, the author utilizes the concept of aporia to discuss researchers' responsibilities in the face of impossible decisions when aiming for "valid" and trustworthy qualitative research practices. The author argues that qualitative researchers should reconsider the promotion of validity or validation practices that disable researchers' responsibility. Alternatively, it could be illuminative to ask how impossible validity and ongoing puzzlement associated with the quality of qualitative research could influence current research practices and reporting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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