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At once accessible and sophisticated, this primer introduces a set of general principles and procedures designed to promote a deeper understanding of the nuances of human experience and reflection. The empirical, qualitative approach outlined in this book, which has been refined over the past thirty years at the University of Tennessee, uses disciplined forms of dialogue as the primary means of gathering and assessing information about human experience. Properly known as existential-hermeneutic-phenomenology (or simply phenomenology in everyday usage), this style of scholarly investigation has been applied to illuminate a wide range of research questions in fields such as psychology, child and family studies, marketing, nursing, communications, political science, and more. This book offers an orientation to a transdisciplinary tradition of research . Investigating Our Experience in the World begins with an overview of basic concepts. April L. Morgan provides clear definitions of key terms and succinctly describes how phenomenological research procedures evolved from philosophical explorations of consciousness. Although phenomenological methods are rife with philosophical underpinnings, the author remains focused on describing specific research applications. Each subsequent chapter describes a major stage of a research study. For example, Morgan leads readers through framing the project and undertaking the initial bracketing interview to conducting phenomenological interviews with participants, interpreting texts, thematizing, and developing thematic structure. Rounding out discussion of the research procedures is a full chapter devoted to writing the research report. The book concludes with a section answering common questions about this style of phenomenological research. Appendices provide a glossary, sample forms, and references for further study. Aspects of real-world research projects are continually highlighted, illuminating key methodological points. Morgan recognizes the primary investigators and research teams behind such studies for contributing significantly to the development of contemporary phenomenological research methods.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 2: Framing the Project and Initial Bracketing
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. Chapter 3: Phenomenological Interviewing
  2. pp. 17-24
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  1. Chapter 4: Interpreting Texts
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. Chapter 5: Thematizing and Developing Thematic Structure
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. Chapter 6: Writing the Research Report
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. Chapter 7: Questions and Answers
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Appendix A: Sample Informed Consent Form
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Appendix B: Sample Confidentiality Pledge of the Interpretive Team
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Appendix C: Sample Confidentiality Pledge for Transcribers
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Key Terms in Existential-Hermeneutic-Phenomenology
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. References
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Figures
  1. 1. Untitled Graphic Image
  2. p. 2
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  1. 2. Thematic Structure of Being Lost
  2. p. 41
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781572337961
Related ISBN
9781572337596
MARC Record
OCLC
745866994
Pages
104
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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