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.

Why Are Sample Sizes So Small in Many Qualitative Studies? Isn’t This a Problem?

Why Are Sample Sizes So Small in Many Qualitative Studies? Isn’t This a Problem?

Qualitative studies are often criticized for their small sample sizes; however, this criticism points to a general lack of understanding about the nature of qualitative research. Different sample sizes (and types) are needed depending on the intention of the project design. Large sample sizes are often required in quantitative projects, for example, where the goal of the study is to analyze results for statistical significance and to be able to make claims about (and to generalize to) the broader population. The data collection techniques used in these studies (such as questionnaires) are designed to provide a broad, ...

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