Selection Of Participants By Hinduja And Patchin

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Selection of Participants Hinduja and Patchin (2013) used random sampling from 33 middle and high schools in a large school district. The administrators randomly selected two or three classes from each grade level, generating a sample of 4,441 students (Hinduja & Patchin, 2013). Random sampling is effective because each student from the population pool has a chance to be selected. The large sample size creates the likelihood that the sample is representative of the population, making it more generalizable (Sheperis, Young, & Daniels, 2013). Yet, the randomized selection was left to the administrator at each school, which could have decreased the randomization because they could have decided to use specific criteria, such as high referral rate classes, which would have made the chances of selection unequal. The selection could have been improved by assigning classes specific numbers that are inputed into a random number generator for selection (Sheperis, Young, & Daniels, 2010). This would help to ensure the selection was truly a random sample.
Gaining Permission Passive consent was gained from the parents of the research participants (Hinduja, Young, & Daniels, 2013). However, there was no mention as to how the researchers gained access to the schools. Gaining access to the school sites could be granted by asking the school district and individual school administrators for approval. The researchers did follow ethical standards by obtaining informed consent from parents
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