Crafting Phenomenological Research Section 1 Highlights and Insights

The first three chapters of the book provide background information of the philosophical underpinning of phenomenology. After reading these the first 42 pages of the book, I maintain my concerns about phenomenological philosophy and research methodologies using words and phrases, such an “intentionality,” that are inaccurate outside of philosophy. This reinforces the barrier to using this research methodology against scholars who are not versed in philosophy.

The phrase never-nothing-going-on forces and focuses attention on the present, but I see issues with attempting to understand “nothing” because of my suppositions. I cannot live a bracketed life. But “opening ourselves up” to a new is possible. “Letting go” will be difficult because a critique of something new is based on experience and suppositions. This may be achievable when conducting interviews, but suspending suppositions 24/7 is, to me, an impossible feat.

I believe research has many different processes and rules, but I am somewhat uncomfortable with wading through phenomenology research methodology readings searching for processes just to discover the ambiguity of the research methodology.

Philosophy is not an easy topic to learn and understand. I will re-read many passages, but I must remember that I will not find the core understandings. I must settle for some comprehension and insights, but questions will remain unanswered. Tis will be difficult. My interpretation of the material must suffice.

I must remember that phenomenology is not about trying to get into the subject’s head. Phenomenologists look at how the phenomenon as it manifests and appears from the subject’s description. This is the intentionality, or interconnectedness, of the subject and object and as it is lived between the subjects and objects. The intentionality is described as feelings, such as love or hate, and/or as a verb, such as struggle or understand.

Most importantly, I my research is not studying the lived experiences of the subjects, but the subject’s description of the object, which reveals the interconnectedness and essence of the phenomenon.

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