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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Michael S. Lewis-Beck & Alan Bryman & Tim Futing Liao

Pub. date: 2004 | DOI:

Print ISBN: 9780761923633 | Online ISBN: 9781412950589

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Replication/Replicability in Qualitative Research

Clive Seale

This concept shares much with that of RELIABILITY in that both refer to the extent to which a research operation is consistently repeatable. If consistency between researchers is achieved, more faith is placed in the truth of the findings. REPLICATION refers to the extent to which a re-study repeats the findings of an initial study. Replicability is the extent to which such re-study is made feasible by the provision of sufficient information about research procedures in the first study. These ideas depend on philosophical assumptions that are not shared by all QUALITATIVE RESEARCHERS . For example, researchers committed to an idealist vision of the way in which language constructs versions of reality often regard their ...

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