How we choose our sample for our study has important implications for when we make interpretations.

Sampling Strategies for Mixed-Methods Research Designs

How we choose our sample for our study has important implications for when we make interpretations. Sampling choices are especially important for mixed-methods research designs because elements of both qualitative and quantitative designs need to be taken into consideration in choosing the sample.

Tasks:

Respond to the following in a minimum of 300 words:

  • Describe two sampling methods and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each for use with a mixed-methods research design.
  • Describe how researchers go about selecting a sampling strategy.
  • Describe the role that the research question plays when you choose the sample.
  • Describe what it means to have a representative sample, and why this is vital to the outcome of the study.

Your response should rely upon at least two sources from additional professional literature, such as articles from peer-reviewed journals and relevant textbooks. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., in APA format); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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