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How many qualitative interviews is enough? Expert voices and early career reflections on sampling and cases in qualitative research

How many qualitative interviews is enough? Expert voices and early career reflections on sampling and cases in qualitative research
How many qualitative interviews is enough? Expert voices and early career reflections on sampling and cases in qualitative research
Students conducting a piece of qualitative research frequently ask ‘how many interviews is enough?’ Early career researchers and established academics also consider this question when designing research projects. In this NCRM Methods Review paper we gather and review responses to the question of ‘how many’ from 14 renowned social scientists and 5 early career researchers. The riposte to the question of ‘how many’ from most contributors is ‘it depends’. In considering what ‘it depends upon’ however, the responses offer guidance on the epistemological, methodological and practical issues to take into account when conducting research projects. This includes advice about assessing research aims and objectives, validity within epistemic communities and available time and resources
National Centre for Research Methods
Baker, Sarah Elsie
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Edwards, Rosalind
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Baker, Sarah Elsie
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Edwards, Rosalind
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Baker, Sarah Elsie and Edwards, Rosalind (eds.) (2012) How many qualitative interviews is enough? Expert voices and early career reflections on sampling and cases in qualitative research (National Centre for Research Methods Reviews) Southampton, GB. National Centre for Research Methods 43pp.

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Abstract

Students conducting a piece of qualitative research frequently ask ‘how many interviews is enough?’ Early career researchers and established academics also consider this question when designing research projects. In this NCRM Methods Review paper we gather and review responses to the question of ‘how many’ from 14 renowned social scientists and 5 early career researchers. The riposte to the question of ‘how many’ from most contributors is ‘it depends’. In considering what ‘it depends upon’ however, the responses offer guidance on the epistemological, methodological and practical issues to take into account when conducting research projects. This includes advice about assessing research aims and objectives, validity within epistemic communities and available time and resources

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 336913
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336913
PURE UUID: 8476ed25-e977-4a58-90f1-345c6292351d
ORCID for Rosalind Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3512-9029

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Date deposited: 11 Apr 2012 13:03
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:32

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