Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done! Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work.

Working With Data Sources: Selecting Research Participants and Forming Research Samples

Chapter Objectives

  • Detail differences between data sources, data type, and data collection procedure within the context of a discussion of data sources
  • Describe participant selection functions in qualitative research and types of purposeful sampling strategies through application to research participants
  • Plan how to connect the data sources and sample section into the qualitative methodology chapter and detail approaches to rationalize the participant selection process
  • Conceptualize a data sources and sample section of the methodology chapter and identify approaches to organize and structure writing a data sources and sample section

Chapter Purpose

This chapter begins where the previous chapter ends—with a move from research settings to data sources and sampling. Here, a discussion of sampling related to research participants appears—transitioning ...

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