Elephants, gold standards and applied qualitative research

Fielding, N. (2010) Elephants, gold standards and applied qualitative research. Qualitative Research, 10 (1). pp. 123-127. ISSN Print ISSN: 1468-7941 Online ISSN: 1741-3109

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In a recent article in Qualitative Research, Norman Denzin discussed a variety of threats to qualitative research posed by institutional and professional organizational actors who would elevate Randomized Control Trials and associated practices as the gold standard indexing the quality of all social research. Informed by his long established contributions to the constantly changing field of research methodology, Denzin brought passion, and a rich variety of arguments, to the debate. I argue that this also brought some lapses of rigour that require attention if qualitative methodologists are to put their best case against the narrow and intolerant vision offered by the proponents of gold standards.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: methodological validity; mixed methods; research quality standards
Subjects: 6. Mixed Methods Data Handling and Data Analysis > 6.3 Mixed Methods Approaches (other)
Depositing User: QUIC user
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 14:51
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:53
URI: https://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1596
DOI: 10.1177/1468794109348687

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