Peer debriefing


"It is a process of exposing oneself to a disinterested peer in a manner paralleling an analytical sessions and for the purpose of exploring aspects of the inquiry that might otherwise remain only implicit within the inquirer's mind" (Lincoln & Guba, 1985, p. 308)

Purpose of debriefing

  • through analytical probing a debriefer can help uncover taken for granted biases, perspectives and assumptions on the researcher's part
  • through this process the researcher can become aware of his/her posture toward data and analysis
  • this is an opportunity to test and defend emergent hypotheses and see if they seem reasonable and plausible to a disinterested debriefer
  • provide the researcher with an opportunity for catharsis


Lincoln, YS. & Guba, EG. (1985). Naturalistic Inquiry. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.