Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement
Chapter 4· Validity of Inquiry: Mindful Action Research Design
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Mindful Action Research Design
Now that you have your initial action research question, you may have the urge to jump into your project by taking action and seeing how things go. But please wait. Before doing so, you need to carefully plan and design your project as you explore the most meaningful ways to conduct your project. In doing so, you may want to understand various definitions of “good research.”
In this chapter, you will consider this issue in terms of validity. Validity is the concept used to judge how well the research was conducted—such as the accuracy of the measurement done in the research, the cogency of the reasoning done by the researchers, and the overall meaningfulness of the research (Messick, 1995, 1989). An important point to capture here is that validity is a multifaceted concept. You will benefit from learning about various validity concepts and using them in planning your action research project.
In this chapter, we will first discuss validity concepts that are considered to be important in positivistic research, mainly focusing on the objective dimension and logical coherency of research. In Chapter 2, we discussed that positivism resides at one end of the continuum between subjectivity and objectivity. Thus, validity concepts commonly discussed in positivistic research could be used to evaluate the objective dimension of your action research project.
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