Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Measuring up to Standards
Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach,
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009, page 24
On the subject of scientific rigour, Mears has quite a list:
Viability, reliability, replicability, objectivity and utility are traditional standards for research, and many investigators ave tackled the application of these criteria for assessing the value of qualitative studies.
There is some good news, though:
It is generally agreed that in the world of qualitative, interview-based research, these traits mean something a little different from what they might mean to a quantitative investigator.
That's a relief!