What sample size would you use for the study that you are planning?

For this application, you must use the following citations and references:




Required Resources




This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning Resources. To access select media resources, please use the media players below.




Course Text: Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches


Review Chapter 7, “Data Collection”


Course Text: “Stretching” Exercises for Qualitative Researchers


Appendix G: Conducting Qualitative Interviews: Rules of Thumb (p. 243)


This appendix gives some quick tips for conducting qualitative interviews.


Chapter 4, “The Interviewing and Writing Habit”


This section of the book breaks down the interview cycle into the “before,” “during,” and “after” stages, and provides strategies and exercises to help prepare you for each part of the interview process. The pages for this week explain types of interview questions and provide a sample interview protocol.


Course Text: Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Chapter 7, “Qualitative Interviewing”


This chapter focuses on strategies needed to ensure the success of qualitative interviews. Patton also discusses relevant subtopics, such as types of interview questions, the importance of neutrality, cross-cultural interview considerations, potential ethical issues, and tips for effectively recording data gathered during the interview process.










Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010c). Doctoral research: Interviewing techniques, part I. Baltimore: Author.




Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.




These programs provides two demonstrations of an interview being conducted in a school setting. As you watch, focus on the differences between the two demonstrations in these areas:


The interview setting


The interview process


Interviewer and interviewee behavior and body language (Is rapport being built? How?)


The interview questions (Which questions elicited better information?)






Sampling Strategy and Sample Size for a Qualitative Research Plan


As you continue to work on your qualitative research plan, you will have to address the size and diversity of your sample population. Different kinds of studies require different sample sizes, and you should select a size that will be most appropriate for your topic and approach.


To prepare for this Application:


Review the Chapter 5 readings in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods for this week.


Consider the following questions:


From which sampling strategy would your study benefit? What factors contribute to this decision?


What sample size would you use for the study that you are planning? What factors contribute to this decision?


How would you justify using that particular sampling strategy and sample size? What Resources can you cite to support your justification?


The assignment:


Craft a 5-page paper in which you do the following:


Recommend and justify a sampling strategy and sample size for your qualitative research plan. Include any references to the literature, where appropriate.

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