ERIC Number: EJ930386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
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Validity Issues in Narrative Research
Polkinghorne, Donald E.
Qualitative Inquiry, v13 n4 p471-486 May 2007
Attention to the judgments about the validity of research-generated knowledge claims is integral to all social science research. During the past several decades, knowledge development has been split into two communities: conventional researchers and reformist researchers. Narrative research is positioned within the reformist community. The two communities use different kinds of data and employ different analytic processes. In both communities, researchers develop arguments to convince readers of the validity of their knowledge claims. Both need to respond to threats to validity inherent in their designs. The threats particular to narrative research relate to two areas: the differences in people's experienced meaning and the stories they tell about this meaning and the connections between storied texts and the interpretations of those texts.
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Validity, Story Telling, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Scientific Methodology, Educational Research
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