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Title: The old questions are the best: striving against invalidity in qualitative research
Authors: Watts, DM
Da Silva Lopes, B.
Pedrosa de Jesus, MH
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, 2: pp. 1 - 22 , (2016)
Abstract: This chapter enters an old debate on the shape of validation processes in qualitative research. We discuss a reflective research validation framework related to teaching approaches and practices. The majority of investigations in this area draw mainly on indirect observation, semistructured interviews or the application of questionnaires and inventories. To this extent, only “half-the-story” has been reported. The validation framework here develops a five-part three stage structure, conceptualized as an “iterative-interactive-process,” integrating a set of strategies aimed at the “minimization of invalidity.” The application of the framework is illustrated through a longitudinal study investigating the relationship between classroom questioning practices and teachers’ preferential teaching approaches. Fieldwork in this naturalistic-interpretative research was conducted during four academic years and entailed close collaboration with a group of four university teachers lecturing biology to undergraduates.
ISSN: 2056-3752
Appears in Collections:Dept of Education Research Papers

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