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Validity, Transgressive

  • By: Lucy E. Bailey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Transgressive validity is a category of validity qualitative researchers have developed in recent decades to reconceptualize what constitutes “good” research and “legitimate” knowledge and the criteria used to evaluate that research. “Validity” is a common tool researchers use to ensure their methods examine what they intend to examine. Unlike traditional forms of validity, transgressive validity is a technique aimed as much to challenge traditional authorizing criteria, to stimulate thinking about how knowledge is created, and to generate new research practices as it is intended to evaluate whether transgressive research accomplishes its goals. Historically, researchers have used particular techniques to ensure their findings correspond with the social phenomenon studied. As the landscape of qualitative research has expanded, researchers have found conventional forms of validity inappropriate ...

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