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Why are reliability and validity so important?

Why are reliability and validity so important?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • What problems can occur in research?
  • What is validity?
  • How can I ensure validity?
  • What are spurious correlations?
  • What is reliability in quantitative research?
  • What is reliability in qualitative research?
  • How can I ensure that my research is reliable?
  • What is triangulation?
  • What are the different types of triangulation?
  • What should I do now?

What problems can occur in research?

‘Eight out of ten cats prefer …’ (fill in the missing blank).

This advertising slogan for a famous brand of cat food was deemed spurious by the Advertising Standards Authority and was subsequently replaced with ‘Eight out of ten cat owners who expressed a preference said that their cats preferred ...

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