Explore BrainMass

Qualitative data collection concepts

Qualitative data collection continues until saturation of the data is met. Describe the concept of saturation, and, using a qualitative study, give examples of how the author describes the concept.
Please include references. Thank you.


Solution Preview

The concept of data saturation is much like the simple science experiment of pouring sugar into heated water. At first the sugar dissolves easily but as greater concentration occurs the sugar must be stirred vigorously and eventually no matter how agitated you make the solution no more sugar can be absorbed by the water.
Data saturation is similar. When a population sampling is uniform in most areas being studied , ie: same demographics, same ...