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Kathleen Wells

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385793.001.0001

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Validation of Narrative Research

Validation of Narrative Research

(p.113) 8 Validation of Narrative Research
Narrative Inquiry

Kathleen Wells

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how validity has been framed in relation to qualitative research in general and narrative research in particular. Drawing on the work of Hammersley (1992), a framework for considering the trustworthiness—validity and relevance—of narrative research is proposed. Validity and relevance are considered complex judgements that are made in response to questions such as these: What were the conditions under which the narrative was produced? Has the full text been subjected for analysis? Have the analytic categories used in the analysis been specified? Why do aspects of the text that do not support the major claims not undermine them? Has the broad context in which the text was produced been discussed? Questions that need to be addressed in order to assess a study's relevance; whether the research has been conducted ethically; and the role of reflexivity are also conceptualized.

Keywords:   validation of narrative research, trustworthiness, relevance, narrative ethics, narrative, reflexivity

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