Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

What Kinds of Sampling Approaches Are Appropriate for Qualitative Studies?

What Kinds of Sampling Approaches Are Appropriate for Qualitative Studies?

Qualitative projects are typically designed using nonprobabilistic sampling methods. Unlike quantitative studies (where the goal is to generalize to a larger population, therefore requiring a formal representative sample for statistical purposes), qualitative projects use sampling approaches designed to recruit people and texts that will allow for theoretical and conceptual explanations of the topic being studied. This approach requires a purposive, selective approach to sampling that fits with the inductive (theory-building) intentions of qualitative research. Qualitative researchers will often start with a unique, particular site or group of individuals or documents, and then look for similar or different cases based on the concepts that emerge in ...

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