Qualitative sampling in research on international student mobility: insights from the field in Germany

Mustafa Aksakal, Basak Bilecen, Kerstin Schmidt

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Abstract

Although over the past decades the numbers of studies investigating international student mobility and migration (ISM) increased, methodological challenges in empirical research on the topic have remained mainly unaddressed. This is particularly the case for sampling, which is a crucial but often less considered part of qualitative research designs. In this article, we identify three main challenges in qualitative sampling for research into ISM: time, space and international students’ heterogeneities. In addressing those challenges, we theoretically discuss their implications and give empirical examples drawing on our research experiences. We argue for a more reflexive research procedure in studying educational mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-621
Number of pages12
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Volume17
Issue number5
Early online date13-Nov-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • International student mobility
  • qualitative sampling
  • qualitative interview
  • time, space
  • heterogeneities
  • ACADEMIC MOBILITY
  • POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
  • MIGRATION
  • GLOBALIZATION
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • OVERSEAS

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