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and where to find them, in order to develop his theory as it emerges" (p. 45). Glaser
(1978) added "Theoretical sampling is, then, used as a way of checking on the emerging
conceptual framework rather than being used for the verification of preconceived
hypotheses" (p. 39).
Ellis (1989a) described a theoretical sample as "The choice of these groups [social
science and science disciplines] was based.., in that both the choice of initial and
subsequent groups to interview was decided with reference to the perceived theoretical
and comparative requirements of the project as it progressed" (p. 172). The ongoing
analysis of the interviews would determine the need for additional interviews. The
interviews continue until saturation is reached in the categories generated by constant
comparison methods. It was anticipated that no more than 20 interviews would be needed
to reach the saturation level of categories and comparisons.
With the exception of question 13, an estimate of the number of hours per week
the faculty member spent on the Internet, the responses to questions 1 to 12 and 14 were
considered nominal level data for the purposes of analysis. An Excel spread sheet was
used to obtain descriptive statistics and measures of central tendencies. For questions 1 to
12 and 14, the null hypotheses was stated as there is no statistically significant
differences between tenured and tenure-track Master's I university faculty members'
opinions concerning the use of the Internet as well as no statistically significant
differences among the broad discipline areas. For question 13, the responses were
considered true ratio level data. The null hypothesis was stated as there is no statistically
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Fortin, Maurice G. Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment, dissertation, December 2000; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2723/m1/67/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .