Phenomenological Research

tekijä: Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo Viimeisin muutos tiistai 09. maaliskuuta 2010, 14.57


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Phenomenological research enables you to explore experiences and sensory perception (different to abstract perceptions) of researched phenomenon, and the formation of understanding based on these experiences and perceptions. Your research strategy is based, therefore, on either your own or other people’s experiences and sensory perceptions.

The aim of your strategy is:

Either to use your own direct experiences acquired during the research process to describe and analyse the phenomenon, in order to produce in-depth knowledge of the phenomenon;

Or to use other people’s experiences acquired to describe and analyse the phenomenon, in order to produce in-depth knowledge of the phenomenon.

Your starting point, in both variations of the strategy, depends on your ability to approach the phenomenon without having any a priori assumptions, definitions or theoretical frameworks. You need to have an understanding of the features of a dialogic attitude towards communication, as this concept is characteristic of phenomenological research.

Read more on phenomenological research from the links below:

Phenomenology (science). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Smith, David Woodruff, 2009. Phenomenology. Zalta, Edward N. (ed.). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2009 Edition).

Embree, Lester, 1997. What is Phenomenology. Center for Advanced Reserach in Phenomenology.

Laverty, Susann M., 2003. Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Phenomenology: A Comparison of Historical and Methodological Considerations. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 2003, 2(3).

Read what is written in Data Analysis on phenomenological analysis.

Read what is written in Philosophy of Science on phenomenology.