The Empirical Data Collection Process Essay

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Definitions The qualitative data collection process can be through group discussion, personal journals, follow-up in-depth interviews, and researcher field notes (Tuckett, 2004). The observation represents the most critical method where the observer (researcher) carefully observes the verbal and non-verbal expressions of the observed (participants) (Polkinghorne, 2005). The data analyzing solutions research is not as common as gathering qualitative data for evaluation purposes (Thomas, 2006). Collecting and thematically analyzing the data will help the qualitative researcher find and understand the truth about the meaningful aspects of the participants’ life experience (Tuckett, 2004). Sampling Schemes and Designs The term sampling is to be used with care, since sampling usually refers to the principles that are used to select the sources of data (e.g., participants, documents) Polkinghorne (2005). According to Tukett (2004), the research success of failure depends essentially on the sampling procedures. Onwuegbuzie & Leech (2007) defined sampling schemes as the use of specific strategies to choose the appropriate participants, sites and situations within an overall sampling design that suggests the number of participants and sampling types. According to Polkinghorne (2005) purposeful sampling is the standard option allowing a small number of participants to release various perspectives. And in order for sampling to be considered purposeful, participants should be
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