Census vs convenience sampling

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    Lisa D

    Hi, All:

    I am a little confused about the difference between census and convenience sampling. Supposedly, I will conduct a survey involving all grade 3 student in one school (total is about 120). If I send out the online survey to All the students, does it make it a census?

    If, say, only 20% of student responded. Basically, that means, 20% of students volunteer to participate. Should they be counted as convenience sampling?

    I would appreciate it if anyone can clarify this for me.

    Thank you in advance.


    Stephen Gorard

    This would be an attempted census. Not a very good one as 80% of cases are missing in your example.


    But why does it matter? It makes no difference to the analysis.

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