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von der Fehr, Ane; Sølberg, Jan; Bruun, Jesper – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2018
Social network analysis (SNA) has been used in many educational studies in the past decade, but what these studies have in common is that the populations in question in most cases are defined and known to the researchers studying the networks. Snowball sampling is an SNA methodology most often used to study hidden populations, for example, groups…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Sampling, Science Education
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Waters, Jaime – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Snowball sampling is generally seen as a highly effective sampling technique that allows for the study of difficult to reach or 'hidden' populations. It is also seen as a valuable tool for the study of particularly sensitive or private matters. As a result, it was chosen as the sampling method for a research study into illegal drug users over the…
Descriptors: Drug Use, Sampling, Adults, Older Adults
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Mawhinney, Lynnette; Rinke, Carol R. – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2019
In this paper, we explore the challenges inherent in conducting research with a hidden population -- how to conduct research with teachers who have left the classroom. Capturing the storied experiences of this group is vital to understanding how to effectively recruit, prepare, support, and sustain teachers in US classrooms for our next generation…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Teachers, Labor Turnover, Sampling
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Contandriopoulos, Damien; Sapeha, Halina; Larouche, Catherine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This research note discusses opportunities and challenges of using online survey engines for social network analysis (SNA) data collection and assessing sample size and representativeness. The discussion is based on a case study of SNA data collection for a pilot research on health-relevant policy networks in Canada. Our approach demonstrates how…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Data Collection, Research Problems
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Geddes, Alistair; Parker, Charlie; Scott, Sam – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Snowball sampling is frequently advocated and employed by qualitative social researchers. Under certain circumstances, however, it is prone to faltering and even failure. Drawing on two research projects where the snowball failed to roll, the paper identifies reasons for this stasis. It goes on to argue that there are alternative forms of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Social Science Research, Sampling, Research Problems
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Rostami, Farzad; Yousefi, Mohammad Hosssein – Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 2020
This study drew on qualitative research and focused on the exercise of agency among the novice English teachers in the Iranian context. Fifteen novice English teachers who have been teaching English in private language institutes in Baneh, Iran were invited through snowball sampling. The analyses of semi-structured and focus group interviews, from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, English Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Sincar, Mehmet; Önen, Zerrin; Arar, Khalid Husny – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2020
The aim of this qualitative-phenomenological study was to investigate Turkish female school administrators' views on the concept of self-development and the techniques they adopt in their self-development process. Using snowball sampling, ten female school administrators participated in a semistructured interview. The obtained data were analyzed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Women Administrators, School Administration, Administrator Attitudes
Neville, Debra Brimhall – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study explored marginalized stakeholder feedback by reconstructing the lived experiences of 13 single mothers who completed post-secondary education while dependent on public assistance since the passage of the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). This study utilized a qualitative, hermeneutic…
Descriptors: One Parent Family, Mothers, Welfare Services, Academic Persistence
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Kondakci, Yasar; Orucu, Deniz; Oguz, Ebru; Beycioglu, Kadir – Journal of Educational Administration and History, 2019
Turkey possess one of the most vibrant educational systems in the World. This study specifically aims at revealing Turkish school principals' perceptions about the large-scale changes imposed by the Ministry of Education and the strategies they follow for coping with these changes. The study was designed as a generic qualitative study. Twenty…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Educational Change, Administrator Attitudes
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Alloh, Folashade T.; Tait, Desiree; Taylor, Clare – Journal of International Students, 2018
This study explored the factors that contribute to the health experience of Nigerian students in the United Kingdom. Challenges faced by international students include dietary issues, isolation, stress, depression, and others. Nine semi-structured interviews were conducted combination of purposive sampling and snowball sampling techniques were…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Health Promotion
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Lewis, Marilyn W.; Ericksen, Kirsten S. – Journal of LGBT Youth, 2016
African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students attending an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) may experience bullying. Using snowball sampling, the authors recruited six LGBTQ students for a focus group to learn how they perceived their HBCU campus atmosphere toward LGBTQ students. Thirty faculty…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, College Environment, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation
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Ngozwana, Nomazulu – International Journal of Educational Methodology, 2018
This article examines the ethical dilemmas that are specific to qualitative research methodology. These dilemmas concern the issues of withdrawal from the study, anonymity and confidentiality, which are discussed. Each aspect examines how it was dealt with using the researcher's reflections. The research was positioned within an interpretive…
Descriptors: Ethics, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews
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Asari, Slamet; Fauziyah, Nur; Uchtiawati, Sri – International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a community service activity on improving teachers' pedagogic competence in Bawean Island of Gresik Regency, Indonesia. The treatment method was based on a model of special education profession in a remote island by implementing lesson study activity introduced and developed previously on…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Teaching Skills, Teacher Competencies, Competency Based Teacher Education
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Rhein, Douglas – Globalisation, Societies and Education, 2018
This article aims to detail an exploratory study involving African American student experiences in a Thai international programme. This study employed a qualitative case study to explore the adjustment process of African American international students in Thailand. The participants included 15 African American students who were selected through a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African American Students, Student Adjustment, Foreign Students
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Ngozwana, Nomazulu – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
This article reflects on adult offenders' perceptions of rehabilitation programs in Africa. It also evaluates whether offenders are consulted when planning rehabilitation programs. Adult education principles were used as a lens to understand offenders' perceptions of rehabilitation programs. Using an interpretive paradigm and qualitative approach,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Criminals, Rehabilitation Programs, Adult Education
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