Evaluating qualitative research: issues of reliability and validity

Anderson, C. (2012) Evaluating qualitative research: issues of reliability and validity. In: UNSPECIFIED, ed. 3 Investigación Cualitativa e Interpretación Selección de Artículos del Tercer Congreso Internacional de Investigación Cualitativa Qualitative Research and Interpretation Selection of articles from the Third International Qualitative Research Conference. Guanajuato, Mexico: Ediciones Universitarias. pp. 541-561 ISBN 9786074412086

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The issues that this paper considers arose from my experiences of teaching quantitative and qualitative research methods to postgraduate Masters students at my institution. These issues became apparent in some of my students’ writing for their assessed assignments. The way in which certain students approached validity and reliability as a means to evaluate research consistently surprised me as their application of these research criteria had little to do with what I had taught them. Reflection on this puzzling phenomenon led me to draw some provisional conclusions on how science is constructed in the public domain, and made me re-consider whether validity and reliability can be used as tools for evaluating qualitative research.

This paper is then a consideration of how qualitative research can be evaluated that draws from my own students’ evaluation of qualitative research. These thoughts are not conclusive; rather they represent a set of possibilities for qualitative researchers in striving to create, for want of a better word, ‘good’ research.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics
Depositing User: Dr Christopher Anderson
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 15:56
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 15:56
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17218

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