Introducing refractive phenomenology

Abawi, Lindy-Anne ORCID: (2012) Introducing refractive phenomenology. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 6 (2). pp. 141-149. ISSN 1834-0806


All researchers are presented with the need to choose or design a research methodology suited to the research topic or problem to be investigated. Methodology provides the philosophical groundwork that underpins investigative frameworks and choice of methodology is therefore crucial as it will indeed 'colour' both research process and product. Research that aims to investigate how individuals experience a given phenomenon lends itself to qualitative research methods and in particular to a phenomenological approach. Refractive phenomenology builds on hermeneutic phenomenological foundations through the use of interpretive filters taking individual depictions of lived experience and viewing, reflecting, redirecting and channelling these through a series of filters and reductive lenses until the 'Essence' of the phenomenon has been brought into view.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2013 23:34
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 01:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: essence; filters; hermeneutic phenomenology; lenses; lived experience; reductive process; refractive phenomenology; rich description; qualitative research
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500310 Phenomenology
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500107 Professional ethics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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