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dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorSim, Julius
dc.contributor.authorKingstone, Tom
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Shula
dc.contributor.authorWaterfield, Jackie
dc.contributor.authorBartlam, Bernadette
dc.contributor.authorBurroughs, Heather
dc.contributor.authorJinks, Clare
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-29T21:32:51Z
dc.date.available2018-06-29T21:32:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-09-14
dc.identifierER5265
dc.identifier.citationSaunders, B., Sim, J., Kingstone, T., Baker, S., Waterfield, J., Bartlam, B., Burroughs, H. & Jinks, C. (2017) Saturation in qualitative research: exploring its conceptualization and operationalization. Quality & Quantity, 52 (4), pp. 1893–1907.
dc.identifier.issn0033-5177
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-017-0574-8
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/5265
dc.descriptionDeposited on 20 October 2017 in Keele University Repository at: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/4122/
dc.description.abstractSaturation has attained widespread acceptance as a methodological principle in qualitative research. It is commonly taken to indicate that, on the basis of the data that have been collected or analysed hitherto, further data collection and/or analysis are unnecessary. However, there appears to be uncertainty as to how saturation should be conceptualized, and inconsistencies in its use. In this paper, we look to clarify the nature, purposes and uses of saturation, and in doing so add to theoretical debate on the role of saturation across different methodologies.Weidentify four distinct approaches to saturation, which differ in terms of the extent to which an inductive or a deductive logic is adopted, and the relative emphasis on data collection, data analysis, and theorizing. We explore the purposes saturation might serve in relation to these different approaches, and the implications for how and when saturation will be sought. In examining these issues, we highlight the uncertain logic underlying saturation- as essentially a predictive statement about the unobserved based on the observed, a judgement that, we argue, results in equivocation, and may in part explain the confusion surrounding its use.Weconclude that saturation should be operationalized in a way that is consistent with the research question(s), and the theoretical position and analytic framework adopted, but also that there should be some limit to its scope, so as not to risk saturation losing its coherence and potency if its conceptualization and uses are stretched too widely.
dc.format.extent1893–1907
dc.relation.ispartofQuality & Quantity
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2017
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSaturation
dc.subjectData Collection
dc.subjectData Analysis
dc.subjectGrounded Theory
dc.subjectQualitative Research
dc.titleSaturation in qualitative research: exploring its conceptualization and operationalization
dc.typearticle
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dc.description.volume52
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-017-0574-8
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dc.description.eprintid5265
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refterms.dateAccepted2017-09-17
refterms.dateFCA2018-03-22
refterms.dateFCD2018-03-22
qmu.authorWaterfield, Jackie
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