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3.8 External Validity
In an effort to provide external validity to the study, a survey was constructed based
on the data analysis findings. The survey was then sent to experts in the field in order to
allow for external review.
Three external reviewers were selected that have a documented expertise in both
the academic and legal aspects of cyberbullying research. In addition, all three experts have
written specifically on the issue of cyberbullying definitions. Additionally two other
external reviewers were chosen who are experts in educational administration. The
participants were emailed a link that consisted of informed consent and a short survey.
The survey for external validity consisted of synthesized definitions for; academic
research, legislation, and complete use from an academic and legal perspective. The
experts were asked to indicate whether they agreed that the definitions provided were
accurate and defendable. A four-point Likert scale was used for forced choice where one
equaled strongly disagree and four equaled strongly agree. Additionally, comments were
solicited based on the definitions provided. Results from this survey can be found in
3.9 Significance of Study
As previously discussed, while face-to-face bullying research exists, cyberbullying is
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Winn, Matthew R. Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying", dissertation, August 2013; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc283860/m1/51/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .