Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

How Do I Know When I’ve Reached Saturation of Themes in My Data?

How Do I Know When I’ve Reached Saturation of Themes in My Data?

Saturation of themes occurs at the point that additional data do not lead to any new emergent themes. As new data are analyzed they will contribute to the researcher’s understanding and interpretation of the phenomenon under study. The analysis process is iterative so as new themes emerge, the data that have already been analyzed are reexamined to see if (and how) the new themes may alter the interpretation. When new data repeat themes that are already identified in the analysis, these new data provide confirming evidence of the identified themes. If new data do not contribute new themes or ...

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