Disclosing the Making of Phenomenological Research: Setting Free the Meanings of Discourse

Ana Cristina Loureiro Alves Jurema, Maria de Lourdes Correia Pimentel, Telma de Santa Clara Cordeiro, Ana Gabriela Austregésilo Nepomuceno

Abstract


In this article we aim to share reflections we have concerning qualitative research methodology from a phenomenological perspective within the context of the Graduate Program on Education at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. The concepts that have informed our studies, as well as the subjects of our research, have led us to a methodology that builds upon a phenomenological/philosophical base. From this perspective, understanding reality entails comprehending the significance of cultural phenomena, and thus relies upon life experiences stemming from lived practices. At this stage, we have elected discourse (understood from the perspectives of Paulo FREIRE and Maurice MERLEAU-PONTY) as the main focus of our reflections. Phenomenologically based research reveals structural conditions of multiple meanings, with their values and norms that transmit the representations of groups which are situated in socio-historical, economic and cultural contexts. Through discourse we are able to capture the relationships, the revealing intentions, significances and subjectivities, which, from our standpoint, are fundamental elements of the process of comprehending the world.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs060473

Keywords


qualitative research; phenomenology; dialog; discourse

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