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Running head: VISUAL INTERPRETATIONWeek 4 Assignment: Visual InterpretationAshford University: EDU 694
VISUAL INTERPRETATION 2Part 2: ReflectionWhen researching a topic, it is crucial to establish the quality of the data. Educators search for answers to support their students on daily and future tasks. One cannot simply put faith in an article simply because it was published. According to Mertler (2017), “Action research can be used effectively as a means of identifying problems in school settings” (chap. 1.3). To properly assess a student’s needs, the research must have qualifying characteristics. The data that is qualified to support the research can be found in qualitative or quantitative material.The characteristics of qualitative data include accuracy, credibility, and dependability. According to Mertler (2017), “Qualitative data are narrative, appearing primarily as words” These “words” may appear in the form of interview transcripts, observational notes, journal entries, or transcriptions of audio or videotapes or as existing documents, records, or reports” (chap. 5). Qualitative research methodology interprets the meaning of data, based on what is observed (Daniel, 2019). The characteristics below are crucial to a researcher’s perspective to ensure the data is qualitative.Accuracyis essential that the practitioner-researcher ensures the quality of their data. If they are not accurate, their data will be faulty. Any research or participant in the study will have false information. According to Mills (2017, as cited in Mertler, 2017), “Validity of research data deals with theextent to which the data that have been collected accurately measure what they purport to measure (i.e., that which we intended to measure). Daniel (2019) states, Trustworthiness portraysquality in qualitative research (para. 6). The views from personal research, such as in a survey, orquestionnaire, must have accurate believability. To establish trustworthiness in qualitative data, one needs to examine conformability, credibility, transferability, and dependability.

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