Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1385-1535
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7324



About 35 years ago, Lincoln and Guba developed four quality criteria for qualitative research – credibility, transferability, dependability and confirmability – as a counterpart for the criteria that were developed within the positivist research paradigm. Qualitative researchers differ in their use of quality criteria. The authors argue that qualitative researchers should preferably use quality criteria that have been developed within the interpretivist research paradigm. They also mention that it is difficult to find an adequate Dutch translation for the concepts of dependability and confirmability. These concepts are currently translated in different ways. The authors end the article with a proposal for the translation of these four quality criteria into Dutch.


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