Improving the image of student-recruited samples : a commentary

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Abstract

This commentary argues that the quality and usefulness of student-recruited data can be evaluated by examining the external validity and generalization issues related to this sampling method. Therefore, we discuss how the sampling methods of student- and non-student-recruited samples can enhance or diminish external validity and generalization. Next, we present the advantages of the student-recruited sampling method (heterogeneity of the sample, student learning, cost reduction, and elaborate research designs) and conclude with making additional suggestions on how to improve the quality of these data. Keywords: external validity; generalization; heterogeneity; student-recruited samples
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Volume87
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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