Being on the job market and noticing that several researchers are taking SLAC and regional campus jobs. I am wondering how other researchers deal with small sample sizes at the institution they are at? Does that end up being a big issue if the school doesn't have a free participant pool available? How do people go about collecting data for studies which require a large sample size? I am a social grad student at a big R1 where we have access to hundreds of free participants every semester. I am wondering how people who eventually take these jobs deal with the participant pool issue?
Date: 27 Mar 2012 02:16
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Develop a modest subject pool…integrate research projects into courses (make students collect data and write it up)…do SoTL in the classroom…conduct meta-analyses…write theoretical papers.
I've done a combination of the above, but yes, it is a challenge— with fewer participants/smaller samples the research needs to work!
But depending on the SLAC, the emphasis may be on getting students involved in research and less on publishing. When applying for institutional grants I emphasize this in my application (students first) and *nicely* the real obstacles to publishing (i.e., small subject pool = longer to secure samples…compound that with the expectation of multiple studies reported articles these days).
So far so good…