Phenomenological Research.. Help, anyone?
- 0Nov 17, '13 by DarcyNoxHi, I'm wonderin' if anyone can help me since it's my first time to have nursing research as a subject. I have no idea just what theory would be best for our study which is a phenomenological research on how women cope with the loss of their chance of becoming mothers because of spontaneous abortion. Any help will be greatly appreciated
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- 1Nov 17, '13 by Esme12 Senior ModeratorMaybe this will help you start.....Phenomenological Research Guidelines - Capilano University.Phenomenological Research Guidelines
by Dr. Janet Waters
The goal of qualitative phenomenological research is to describe a "lived experience" of a phenomenon. As this is a qualitative analysis of narrative data, methods to analyze its data must be quite different from more traditional or quantitative methods of research.
Any way the participant can describe their lived phenomenal experience can be used to gather data in a phenomenological study. You can use an interview to gather the participants' descriptions of their experience, or the participants' written or oral self-report, or even their aesthetic expressions (e.g. art, narratives, or poetry).
Try to be as non-directive as possible in your instructions. Unlike a survey or questionnaire, in a phenomenological study you would ask participants to describe their experience of, for example, "riding on a BC Ferry", without directing or suggesting their description in any way. However, do encourage your participant to give a full description of their experience, including their thoughts, feelings, images, sensations, memories - their stream of consciousness - along with a description of the situation in which the experience occurred. You may need to ask for clarification of details on the self-report or interview. If so, your follow up questions should again ask for further description of the detail, without suggesting what you are looking for.