Validity and validation in the making in the context of qualitative research

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Abstract

In this article, I focus on two ways of conceptualizing validity and validation, by using reductionist and (e)pistemological approaches, respectively. I question some common understandings of reductionist validation and describe an (e)pistemological standpoint that provides an alternative to reductionist views. In addition, I argue that validity and validation, as concepts, are tools rather than reflections of truth. Furthermore, fallibility, which is embedded in all views of validity and validation, can be compensated with pluralism, as well as acceptance, coexistence, and collaboration with the Other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-989
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Epistemology
  • General
  • Qualitative methods
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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