CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

How to Enhance Qualitative Research Appraisal: Development of the Methodological Congruence Instrument.

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

The Qualitative Report

ISSN or ISBN

1052-0147

Volume

21

Issue

12

First Page

2380

Last Page

2395

Abstract

In this research report, we introduce a methodological congruence instrument (MCI) that addresses the five major qualitative research traditions. Methodological congruence is a "fit" between the researcher's chosen methodology and his/her philosophical perspective. The chosen methodology should be aligned with the research question, data collection and sampling procedures, philosophical perspectives and seminal authors, data analysis, and findings. These elements are contained in the MCI. We share information about its inception, development, and application, and invite our research colleagues to offer critical feedback. It is our hope that qualitative researchers, editorial board members, teachers, and students find this instrument helpful and relevant to the application of qualitative research. As the qualitative research community continues to address questions of quality, the MCI may offer an additional layer of transparency that engenders scholarly discussion and furthers ethical writing, production, and publication.

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