You are here

Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research

Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research

  • Jerome Kirk - Politics and Society, University of California, Irvine
  • Marc L. Miller - Anthropology, University of Washington, USA

December 1985 | 88 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Authors Jerome Kirk and Marc L. Miller define what isand what is notqualitative research. They suggest that the use of numbers in the process of recording and analyzing observations is less important than that the research should involve sustained interaction with the people being studied, in their own language and on their own turf. Following a chapter on objectivity, the authors discuss the role of reliability and validity and the problems that arise when these issues are neglected. They present a paradigm for the qualitative research process that makes it possible to pursue validity without neglecting reliability.

Objectivity in Qualitative Research
Reliability and Validity
The Problem of Validity
Qualitative Research
The Problem of Reliability
Ethnographic Decision Making
The Four Phases of Qualitative Research


Some contributions to issues and ever present debates on the reliability and validity of qualitative research approaches . However some concerns on the currency of the arguments given the references.

Management , London School of Economics and Political Science
June 11, 2013

Select a Purchasing Option

Rent or Buy eBook
ISBN: 9781506319322

ISBN: 9780803924703

This title is also available on SAGE Research Methods, the ultimate digital methods library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.