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How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation
A Step-by-Step Guide

First Edition


February 2020 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
 
Part I: Before the Dissertation
 
Chapter 1. How to Begin
What is Phenomenological Research?

 
Purpose of this Book

 
Organization of this Book

 
 
Part II: Writing the Dissertation
 
Chapter 2. Introduction & Literature Review
Beginning the Literature Review: What’s Your Topic?

 
Literature Search Strategy

 
Create an Outline

 
Writing the First Dissertation Chapter: The Introduction

 
Problem Statement

 
Purpose Statement

 
Research Questions

 
Theoretical Framework

 
Definitions

 
Assumptions

 
Delimitations and Limitations

 
Significance

 
Summary Sections

 
Completing the Literature Review

 
References & Suggested Reading

 
 
Chapter 3. Methodology
Introduction

 
Design & Rationale

 
Researcher Role

 
Participants

 
Instrumentation

 
Procedures

 
Data Collection

 
Data Analysis

 
Using Software

 
Validity & Reliability

 
Ethics

 
Summary

 
Write the Abstract

 
References & Resources

 
 
Chapter 4. Results
Introduction

 
Setting

 
Participant Demographics

 
Data Collection

 
Findings

 
Connecting to the Theoretical Framework

 
Validity and Reliability

 
Going Back to Chapter Three

 
Summary

 
Appendices

 
References & Resources

 
 
Chapter 5. Discussion
Introduction

 
Interpretation of Findings: A Dialogue with the Literature

 
Including Theory Throughout

 
Assumptions

 
Limitations

 
Recommendations for Future Research

 
Implications

 
Conclusion

 
Update the Abstract

 
References & Resources

 
 
Part III: After your Dissertation
 
Chapter 6. Other Phenomenological Methods
Existential Phenomenology

 
Critical Narrative Analysis (Langdridge)

 
Dialogal Approach (Halling, Leifer, & Rowe)

 
Dallas approach (Garza)

 
Embodied Lifeworld Approach (Todres)

 
Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin)

 
Lifeworld Approach (Ashworth)

 
Lived experience human science inquiry (van Manen)

 
Reflective lifeworld Approach (Dahlberg)

 
References & Resources

 
 
Chapter 7. Creating Your Own Phenomenological Method
Giorgi’s Five Basic Steps:

 
Van Manen’s Four Reflections:

 
Illustrated Steps

 
Results

 
References & Resources

 
 
Appendix A: Recruitment Flyer
 
Appendix B: Screening
 
Appendix C: Semi-Structured Interview Guide
 
Appendix D: Consent to Participate
 
Appendix E: Sample Dissertation Literature Review

Overall, I feel this is possibly the best work I have seen on this type of a dissertation. It is clear and concise as well as complete in mechanics.

Michael E. Cox
Ohio Christian University

It seems to make writing a phenomenological study more accessible by offering pathways to students.

Dr. Akin Taiwo
King's University College at Western University

It is well-informed, driven by experience and authoritatively written and yet leaves room for others to write their own. It is quite a feat.

Maurice Apprey
University of Virginia

While this book conforms with others in the domain of phenomenological research is it superior in many respects; chiefly the author's sound knowledge transfer of philosophy to methods; the fit between conceptual basic assumptions and object of research study; and clarity without sacrificing complexity.

Maurice Apprey
University of Virginia

The key strengths are the attempt to provide a systematic understanding of the process from A to Z with a specific focus on phenomenology. This text will be useful and versatile for student locked in to phenomenology.

Raymond Blanton
University of the Incarnate Word

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