Validating Mixed Methods Research: A subject for debate – Lynne Giddings

1. Validating mixed methods is more than simply applying traditional processes of reliability and validit.  It is a shifting the meaning of rigour.

Social science research demands reliability and validity. The meaning of rigour is challenged, together with the idea that there are limits on the scientific approach.
As paradigms shift so do the methods.
Positivist paradigm, assumes an objective researcher, and that an observe can know the object of the study.
Postpositive research moves to participation, personhood.

Generally, concerned with data collection and analysis in either paradigm. Accurate and credible findings that can be trusted. Trustworthiness focuses on what the researcher is doing rather than the thinking and interpretation.

Interpretivist research Participant, context and some intersubjectivity. Their actions, beliefs, and explanations become important. The researcher becomes an interpreter.

Fittingness – applicable in terms of the readers own experience.
Authenticity extend person construction.
Transferability – similar groups in similar settings.

Radical/Critical research – groups of people and the researcher. shared experience and understandings, could be described as co-researchers. Situated trustworthiness, explicit in politics, the aim and the desire for change.
Look at the researcher in a broader sense, where are they position?

Self reflectivity
Construct validity
Face validity/member checking
Catalytic validity – how does the research contribute to social change.

Post structuralist.postmodern.
A study of the discourse, the researcher is influenced by the discourse.

Pose a research question with a purpose.
Positions on ontology, epistemology, and axiology.
Theoretical and philosophical perspectives.
Methodology, the thinking, the methods, analysis and validation, interpretation.

How will you validate your research? What are the risks? What is the value?

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