Investigating Bias and Measurement Validity: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Validity refers to how well a question, or a piece of research more generally, reflects the reality it claims to represent. Together with reliability, it is a central concept in social science research and an important concern of researchers, because if we're not measuring what we think we're measuring, we really cannot draw any conclusion about the phenomenon we wish to understand.

Problems with measurement validity can be uncovered, and their impact diminished, by using triangulation. Triangulation refers to the use of more than one research method (or more than one measure within a single study) to investigate a social phenomenon.

The goal of this exercise is to use triangulation to investigate bias and measurement validity in parents/teachers evaluations of student health and learning. Crosstabulations and correlations will be used.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research . Investigating Bias and Measurement Validity: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], Jul 26, 2013.

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