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Sim, Julius; Saunders, Benjamin; Waterfield, Jackie; Kingstone, Tom – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
There has been considerable recent interest in methods of determining sample size for qualitative research a priori, rather than through an adaptive approach such as saturation. Extending previous literature in this area, we identify four distinct approaches to determining sample size in this way: rules of thumb, conceptual models, numerical…
Descriptors: Sample Size, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis
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Sim, Julius; Saunders, Benjamin; Waterfield, Jackie; Kingstone, Tom – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In his detailed response to our paper on sample size in qualitative research, Norman Blaikie raises important issues concerning conceptual definitions and taxonomy. In particular, he points out the problems associated with a loose, generic application of adjectives such as 'qualitative' or 'inductive'. We endorse this concern, though we suggest…
Descriptors: Sample Size, Sampling, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology