- Subject index
"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.
Chapter 9: Sampling Considerations
On reading this chapter you should:
- understand the importance of sampling considerations;
- understand the difference between probability and non-probability sampling;
- be aware of the four popular types of probability sampling; and
- be aware of the five popular types of non-probability sampling.
This brief chapter deals with the important issue of sampling for your research project. Sampling issues are important for both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, but they are considered at different times during the research process. For example, in qualitative research they are generally most important during the simultaneous data-analysis and data-collection phase, while in quantitative research they are most important during the planning and design stage of the research process. Section 9.1 deals with the importance of sampling considerations for your research project. Section ...