Validity in qualitative research revisited

Jeasik Cho, Allen Trent

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Concerns with the issues of validity in qualitative research have dramatically increased. Traditionally, validity in qualitative research involved determining the degree to which researchers' claims about knowledge corresponded to the reality (or research participants' construction of reality) being studied. The authors note that recent trends have shown the emergence of two quite different approaches to the validity question within the literature on qualitative research. The authors categorize and label these 'transactional' validity and 'transformational' validity. While useful, the authors assert that neither approach is sufficient to meet the current needs of the field. The authors propose a recursive, process-oriented view of validity as an alternative framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-340
Number of pages22
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Qualitative research
  • Research validity


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