More Phenomenology

I almost forgot we were still discussing phenomenology, but I’m actually appreciative. Having read about it last week, I went into this reading feeling a bit more equipped and knowledgable for this. Here are my random thoughts!

First, I love that it gave historical context about phenomenology and everything encompassing. As someone who loves history, it was a treat learning about the origins of phenomenology.

“To arrive at certainty, anything outside immediate experience must be ignored, and in this way the external world is reduced to thecontents of personal consciousness.” (pg. 43) Husserl’s idea about the existence of objects was quite a headscratcher, but it made me lean into what I was reading. When people have these abstract thoughts, it makes me wonder how did they get to this point.

Random side note, but I love how paradigm was explained. To me, paradigm is one of those buzz words you kind of know, but aren’t confident enough to let it bleed into your vocabulary. The break down of it was so perfect, and again I loved that it added its origins.

“According to Hycner (1999, p. 156) “the phenomenon dictates the method (not vice-versa) including even the type of participants.”” (pg.45) Yes, yes, yes. There’s no one size fits all when conducting research, so of course the phenomenon should dictate how you navigate things. You should reflect on which method will bring out the most of the research.

“My central research question was: what is the contribution that co-operative education can make in the growing of talent of the South African people?” (pg.47) I love the topic of this study. If I haven’t mentioned it enough, I’m a teacher who loves reading and connecting things to education. The concept of co-operative education is so important, especially with older kids. This is a niche topic that has the makings of impactful work. That topic has the potential to be beneficial for all high schools and students.

“I recorded each interview on a separate cassette.” (pg.48) I almost forgot this was written in 2004, because a cassette?! What a blast from the past. Took me back to my early childhood, driving in my grandma’s car.

“The “term [analysis] usually means a „breaking into parts‟ and therefore often means a loss of the whole phenomenon…[whereas „explicitation‟ implies an]…investigation of the constituents of a phenomenon while keeping the context of the whole” (1999, p. 161).” (pg.49) This was incredibly interesting, and something I’ve never thought of. This is the kind of thinking that the research world needs. Language is so important, and I loved that this was brought up, because otherwise I don’t know if anyone would’ve picked up on this and what it does.

“Thereafter subjects received a copy of the text to validate that it reflected their perspectives regarding the phenomenon that was studied.” (pg.51) This is another reflection of the thoughtfulness of this study. It’s so easy for people to be misperceived or their words be misconstrued, so it’s so considerate to take an extra step to make sure people are accurately displayed. That’s precisely why this was in the section about its truth and validity.

Overall, this article highlighted important things about co-operative education and shed light on the gaps that still exist today. Even though this is a 20 year old article, it’s relevancy transcends time.

As pertaining to my research proposal, I’m slowly coming along. My topic of juvenile arthritis is quite niche, so finding research can be a challenge, since there isn’t too too much out there. However, I met with Craig and he directed me to some helpful databases that have been leading me in the right direction. So I’ve been sifting through articles, trying to find things I’d like to include in my literature review.