Feb 25, 2018



how do we arrive at saturation?

Mar 24, 2018

data saturation is reached when further interviews/ observations do not reveal newer observations. when similar observations are observed from further interviews you can safely stop your interviews and proceed to transcribe, code and generate themes from the observations.

Mar 25, 2018

Yes, I agree, that would be data saturation. Further, data analysis of the initial interview may leads us to potential data that we could have missed, because new questions may "emerge" or may be thought of. I also wish to add on that there are other forms saturation: theoretical saturation. Some also talk about variation saturation. The following youtube may add on to the clarity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnnhU9uy4uQ

Hamidah Yamat
Jul 24

sorry...am one year late in my response. I just joined as a member so I am browsing through to see what's on QRAM's site. Agree with both masyuk & tsy. My simple thinking ... saturation is a concept where a situation reaches a point where everything is the same, or consistent so therefore there is no need to go any further. Meaning, you can apply this concept in any situation as such...just to add tsf...even in determining the number of samples/participants needed.

Hamidah Yamat
Jul 24

I think this is a good platform for discussion on qualitative methodology as there's still confusion about it and how to go about doing it. I have always found difficulty in explaining to my Masters or PhD students on the difference between a phenomenology and ethnography study in terms of data collection and presentation. My experience examining a phenomenology thesis was not easy due to this. My dissertation was ethnographic in nature. Perhaps someone who did/is doing a phenomenology study could enlighten us.

Seng Fah Tong
Jul 24

Welcome! yes, we need to publish this forum a lot more. Hamidah, you can create a discussion group inviting a discussion challenges of phenomenology studies.

Hamidah Yamat
Jul 24

well...let's just open the discussion here. Tq. I noticed the last input was March 2018 so let's try to find time to add in constructive thoughts.

Muhammad Adha Mohd Shaleh
Jul 26

Saturated points means everyone has said the same thing, agreed on key points, and this is the part we can start writing the findings.

Hamidah Yamat
Jul 26

You are right MAdha. This saturation can also be applied when determining your participants - you ask the same question and when you reach the point where everyone's responses are the same, you can stop at that number of people.

Seng Fah Tong
Aug 5

this is a challenging issue even for season researchers. In the coming international QR Conference, we have specifically arrange a symposium to directly talk about this.

In this conference, we will set-up an hour of expert-audience interactive platform to discuss this intricate concept.

A dialogue with the following specific issues will be conducted:

1. What is saturation?

2. Are there different types of saturation?

3. How do we reach saturation?

4. What benefit can we achieve with saturation?

5. How do we build rigor in addressing saturation?

6. How do we evaluate if a published work indeed reaches sufficient saturation?

Audience is encouraged to take part in the dialogue.


The panels are our plenary speakers:

Emeritus Prof David Silverman, Emeritus Prof Carol Grbich, Prof Dileep Kumar


See you there!

Muhammad Adha Mohd Shaleh
Aug 6

A well thought out issues.


Well done


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