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Changing identities as we cross the borderlands: Communicatively negotiating life course transitions with spirit (work in progress)
Unformatted Document Text:  ICA-12-10652 8 Sampling plan In qualitative research sampling techniques involve purposeful sampling that is intentionally biased toward those cases most likely to reveal the processes of interest to the researcher (Lindlof, 1995). Combining elements of several sampling strategies would seem the best way for us to address our research questions. The most likely possibilities include theoretical construct sampling (using properties of the construct under study to orient subject selection), stratified sampling (using key variables to create a group of cells, which are then filled with subjects to construct a sample), and snowball sampling (using one person to locate other persons who may then refer the researcher to other persons). Therefore in our research, guided by Feminist Standpoint Theory as well as the constraints of our phenomenon of interest, we would combine these strategies to generate our sample. • Women who are willing to talk about their spirituality during life course transitions. • Women who fall within our age ranges: “19-22” and “49-52.” Rationale. Qualitative sampling is additionally useful to get depth material from each person. Sense-Making Methodology holds that the unit of analysis is not the person, but the sense-making instance (Dervin & Foreman-Wernet, in press; Dervin & Frenette, 2001). Thus, one interview may generate several sense-making instances, i.e. those moments that the person being interviewed identifies as important to the focal question (see Appendix). Thus, although the sample size of persons will be 60 – 72 for Stage One (see below), the units of analysis may number in the hundreds because they are sense-making instances. We do not intend to perform statistical analyses beyond the most basic groupings of percentages, for example. However, the number of women and the size of the sample of

Authors: Clark, Kathleen. and Hill, Patricia.
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ICA-12-10652
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Sampling plan
In qualitative research sampling techniques involve purposeful sampling that is
intentionally biased toward those cases most likely to reveal the processes of interest to the
researcher (Lindlof, 1995). Combining elements of several sampling strategies would seem
the best way for us to address our research questions. The most likely possibilities include
theoretical construct sampling (using properties of the construct under study to orient subject
selection), stratified sampling (using key variables to create a group of cells, which are then
filled with subjects to construct a sample), and snowball sampling (using one person to locate
other persons who may then refer the researcher to other persons).
Therefore in our research, guided by Feminist Standpoint Theory as well as the
constraints of our phenomenon of interest, we would combine these strategies to generate our
sample.
Women who are willing to talk about their spirituality during life course transitions.
Women who fall within our age ranges: “19-22” and “49-52.”
Rationale. Qualitative sampling is additionally useful to get depth material from
each person. Sense-Making Methodology holds that the unit of analysis is not the person,
but the sense-making instance (Dervin & Foreman-Wernet, in press; Dervin & Frenette,
2001). Thus, one interview may generate several sense-making instances, i.e. those moments
that the person being interviewed identifies as important to the focal question (see
Appendix). Thus, although the sample size of persons will be 60 – 72 for Stage One (see
below), the units of analysis may number in the hundreds because they are sense-making
instances. We do not intend to perform statistical analyses beyond the most basic groupings
of percentages, for example. However, the number of women and the size of the sample of


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