A new critical framework for applying hermeneutic phenomenology
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A new critical framework for applying hermeneutic phenomenology

Mooi Standing Principal lecturer and academic quality adviser, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK

Mooi Standing looks at how hermeneutic phenomenology can be used when designing a study

Phenomenological research seeks to understand how individuals perceive and make sense of their lived experience (Annells 1999). As such it seems very relevant to nursing which ‘as a human science focuses on life and health as humanly experienced’ (Pilkington 2005, p98). In this paper I outline the main principles of Heidegger’s (1962) hermeneutic (interpretive) phenomenology, clarify my understanding of hermeneutic concepts, show how I applied them in a research design exploring nursing students’ perceptions of clinical decision-making skills, and, in developing a critical framework that cross references phenomenological and qualitative evaluation criteria. I summarise the potential relevance of hermeneutic phenomenology and my critical framework in researching nurse education and nursing practice.

Nurse Researcher. 16, 4, 20-33. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.07.16.4.20.c7158

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