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 Is the Ideal Sample Size for a Qualitative Project?

What Is the Ideal Sample Size for a Qualitative Project?

Deciding on the number of research sites and individual cases to include in a qualitative study is a difficult decision. Much will depend on the context of the study, the norms of the discipline, the logistics involved in data collection, and other factors. In some cases, relatively small sample sizes are appropriate and desirable; in others, large-scale qualitative designs will be the best choice for the research questions. Although there is no “ideal” sample size, there are a number of questions researchers can ask to help them in making this decision:

  • What are the norms in my research discipline? In some disciplines, a sample of one ...
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