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.

How Do You Recruit Participants for a Qualitative Study?

How Do You Recruit Participants for a Qualitative Study?

Recruiting participants for a study is a key concern for qualitative researchers, particularly where the types of people to be involved may be difficult to reach. As the time investment for participants can vary tremendously, depending on the design (from a 30-minute interview to a series of multi-hour sessions), researchers also need to consider whether incentives are appropriate. Where a participant will be asked to devote a great deal of time to a project, financial or other forms of compensation may be warranted. Ethics issues must also be considered in recruiting so that participants are not coerced, but feel free to say “no” to the researcher, without ...

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