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Science and Qualitative Research 1 The Science of Qualitative Research: Validity and Reliability Re-framed in Terms of Meaning

By Gilbert Garza

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Science and Qualitative Research 2 Qualitative research affords opportunities to expand the scope of psychological inquiry to regions not amenable to quantification, but also raises particular challenges with regard to the notions of reliability, internal and external validity. This work explores how these principles of science apply to qualitative research. This includes a consideration of the notion of ‘approach’ and its impact on the subject matter of science, criteria besides the use of quantification that implicitly underpin all conceptions of science, and will also entail re-framing the notions of internal and external validity and reliability in light of the abiding place of meaning within qualitative research. Science and Qualitative Research 3 Qualitative research affords opportunities to expand the scope of psychological inquiry to regions not amenable to quantification, but also raises particular challenges with regard to the notions of reliability, internal and external validity. This work explores how these principles of science apply to qualitative research. This includes a consideration of the notion of ‘approach

Year: 2009
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