What is Environmental Triangulation?

A brief introduction to Environmental Triangulation

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Definition of Environmental Triangulation

Environmental triangulation is a type of triangulation that requires researchers to identify environmental aspects that might have an impact on the data gathering of data in a qualitative research project. For instance, the responses gathered at a particular time of day, or season of the year may vary. Or the setting in which an interview takes place, whether it is indoors, outdoors, at the researcher's lab or in the field.
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Environmental issues are inherently complex, influenced by a multitude of interconnected factors. To effectively analyze and comprehend this complexity, researchers need to adopt a holistic approach. Environmental triangulation acknowledges the effect that certain environmental conditions may have on the gathering of data. It encourages researchers to explore various dimensions of the environment through different lenses, thereby enriching the understanding of the subject matter.

You should also consider applying some of the other forms of triangulation:
Investigator Triangulation, Data Triangulation, Theory Triangulation, Method Triangulation

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