Theoretical Frameworks Methods and Procedures for Conducting Phenomenological Studies

Yıldırım, İbrahim Soner
The main purposes of phenomenological research are to seek reality from individuals’ narratives of their experiences and feelings, and to produce in-depth descriptions of the phenomenon. Phenomenological research studies in educational settings generally embody lived experience, perception, and feelings of participants about a phenomenon. This study aims to provide a general framework for researchers who are interested in phenomenological studies especially in educational setting. Additionally, the study provides a guide for researchers on how to conduct a phenomenological research and how to collect and analyze phenomenal data. The first part of the paper explains the underpinnings of the research methodology consisting of methodological framework and key phenomenological concepts. The second part provides guidance for a phenomenological research in education settings, focusing particularly on phenomenological data collection procedure and phenomenological data analysis methods.
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P. YÜKSEL ARSLAN and İ. S. Yıldırım, “Theoretical Frameworks Methods and Procedures for Conducting Phenomenological Studies,” Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, pp. 1–20, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: