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

  • Ana Cristina Loureiro Alves Jurema Federal University of Pernambuco
  • Maria de Lourdes Correia Pimentel Boa Viagem College
  • Telma de Santa Clara Cordeiro Federal University of Pernambuco
  • Ana Gabriela Austregésilo Nepomuceno Boa Viagem College
Keywords: qualitative research, phenomenology, dialog, discourse

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

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Author Biographies

Ana Cristina Loureiro Alves Jurema, Federal University of Pernambuco
Ana Loureiro JUREMA: Ph.D. Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology and Educational Orientation, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. Her areas of interests are qualitative research methodologies, policies for higher and professional education, and distance education. As part of a team, she has actively worked on education policies for the public school system in Northeast Brazil, with an extensive involvement in professional development for teachers in different Brazilian states. She has conceived and written didactic manuals and materials, she has participated in workshops with teachers in Australia, Brazil and US. Her work has been published in books and articles, and has presented at national and international conferences. At the moment she is working as an International Consultant in Education in Training and on-the-job-training projects in Mozambique.
Maria de Lourdes Correia Pimentel, Boa Viagem College
Maria de Lourdes CORREIA-PIMENTEL: Ms. in education, teaches at the Management Department at the Boa Viagem College. Her areas of interest are qualitative research methodologies, policies for higher and professional education, training teachers and pedagogical practice. She also works in the Public School system with people with special needs (blind and deaf-blind). In relation to this work she has taught several graduate courses in Northeast Brazil. Her work has been published widely.
Telma de Santa Clara Cordeiro, Federal University of Pernambuco
Telma de Santa Clara CORDEIRO: Ms in education, teaches at the Department of Teaching Methods and Techniques in Education, at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. Her areas of interest are qualitative methodologies in the field of training and pedagogical practices. She has participated in national conferences and published about these themes. At the moment she is completing her doctoral thesis about the teaching process in the university context.
Ana Gabriela Austregésilo Nepomuceno, Boa Viagem College
Ana Gabriela AUSTREGÉSILO NEPOMUCENO: Ms in education, teaches at the Department of Psychology at the Boa Viagem College. Her areas of interests are qualitative research methodologies, policies for higher and professional education, training teachers and pedagogical practice. Her work has been published and has presented in national and international conferences.
Published
2006-09-30