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Validity takes different forms in different types of research. Broadly speaking, quantitative research focuses on generalizability, while qualitative research focuses on transferability. Explain how generalizability and transferability are alike and how they are different in terms of their application to questions of research validity.

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Answered on Sep 08, 2016

Generalizability and transferability are both focusing on issues of external validity in research-that is, how well the research applies in a context other than the one in which the research was done. where they differ is in the focus of responsibility for ensuring external validity. generalizability places the responsibility for application to new contexts on the researcher. the research must use statistical methods and other devices to make sure that the results of the research are as widely applicable (that is, as generally applicable) as possible. transferability places the responsibility for ensuring validity in a new setting on the person using the research in the new setting. the research does have some responsibility when it comes to transferability-in particular to describe the attributes of the setting so the new user can know how alike or different the research context is from the context of application.


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