Teaching and learning research appraisal strategies is a challenge in undergraduate education and for practitioners alike. The appraisal of rigor in qualitative research papers is particularly complex and sophisticated work for many undergraduate research students and practitioners who want to develop their critical reading skills. The mnemonic strategy (The FACTS) explained in this paper is one pedagogical strategy for establishing a simplified approach to teaching and learning the appraisal of rigor in qualitative research. While not a comprehensive tool, the FACTS are a useful introduction to the complex challenge of qualitative research appraisal.
Pedagogical Strategy, Mnemonic, Research Literacy, Qualitative Research, Research Appraisal
The authors would like to thank Dr. Nancy Moules of the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing. It was in her doctoral class, and with her encouragement, that this mnemonic was first developed by Dr. El Hussein.
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El Hussein, M., Jakubec, S. L., & Osuji, J. (2015). Assessing the FACTS: A Mnemonic for Teaching and Learning the Rapid Assessment of Rigor in Qualitative Research Studies. The Qualitative Report, 20(8), 1182-1184. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss8/3