Example Question #1 : Quantitative
Which research method would you use to study a very large population and to generalize results?
None of these
The answer is surveys because surveys allows access to a large group of people and requires shorter, simpler answers that can be generalized. The use of interviews, participant observation, or existing data to study a very large group would not be the best choices because the amount of time and data collected with these more in-depth approaches are more suited to smaller sample sizes to make the research manageable. Further, surveys are a method whose results can more easily be generalized across a larger population simply because they use a larger sample size, whereas the other research methods may not have generalizable results because their methods may only be studying a few people in a smaller group and these results may not transfer to larger populations.