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'Phenomenolog'y is the fourth name within the Qualitative study tools sequence. modern philosophers comparable to Jacques Derrida describe phenomenology as delivering a profound lesson for all inquiry, within the experience that it recognises the irreducible distinction of the opposite. If we wish to remember the fact that which matches past what we all know already, then we have to be receptive to that distinction. yet how is that this attainable? How is it that realizing can go beyond person, social, cultural and historic bounds? Or, can it? those are the categories of philosophical difficulties that underpin phenomenological learn. The participants to this monograph have all come to and practiced phenomenology in special and manifold methods. it really is was hoping that the reader will locate affinities within the paintings awarded right here and that the query of what it really is love to do phenomenology is unfolded as a collection of principles for extra wondering and research. The authors intend to stimulate questions instead of solution them, whereas additionally delivering the reader with a flavor for the variety of interpretations and purposes of phenomenological examine.

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I felt energised by the prospect of breaking through taken-for-granted meanings to encounter the phenomenon in a new and fresh way and then to convey the freshly encountered phenomenon to the reader via thickened and evocative language. I found the writings of hermeneutic phenomenologists like Gadamer and Ricoeur very challenging. They were challenging in their Phenomenology FINAL 28/11/01 4:56 PM Page 29 Hermeneutic Phenomenology 29 difficulty but they also became challenging at the level of the foundations of the research process and on the manner in which research ought to be conducted.

The difference between philosophers and other people is that the former refuse to let go, but not that they are the only receptacles of truth. Truth, in other words, is not in thought but the king. It is both a beginning and a priori (Brightman, 1995, pp. 24–5). Thus knowledge is never complete. The researcher seeks a thoughtful relationship with the phenomenon. All understanding and its significance lie in how the experience creates body knowledge rather than merely mind knowledge. Dilthey (1976) suggests that in natural science we explain nature, but in human science it must be understood.

Engaging in phenomenology meant a further shift in my conception of the educator’s role and a dramatic shift in society’s conception of its educators, cloning them with metaphors such as gardener and, more recently, manufacturer. Both of these enduring metaphors cast the educator in the role of one who leads rather than one who is being led. As a child, I had been exposed to a rigid style of education and although I have since rejected many of the doctrines they remain deeply embedded. My teacher training course at university was also traditional in nature, defining the teacher as someone who is skilled at controlling classroom events and functions as the sole dispenser of knowledge.

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