The term trustworthiness refers to an overarching concept used in qualitative research to convey the procedures researchers employ to ensure the quality, rigor, and credibility of a study while (re)establishing congruence of the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of the researcher with the design, implementation, and articulations of a research study. Hence, trustworthiness is both an aim and a practice. The trustworthiness section of a study typically asserts why the findings and implications can be viewed as acceptable and of worth to the reader by making the methodology and methods that undergird the study transparent. Transparency in the approach, implementation, and evaluation of a study enables consumers of the research to take important details into account [Page 1729]when assessing the study’s value and utility. Thus, trustworthiness ...
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