ERIC Number: ED364859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Paradigm Shift to Reading around the Hermeneutic Circle.
Sparks, Elizabeth E.
The background, challenge, opportunity, and excitement of hermeneutics can be explored in three signposts of a hermeneutic turn in a doctoral research proposal: from being gifted to gifted reading, from method to interpretation, and from metacognition to the hermeneutic circle. A change in the research site of a study of the metacognitive processes of gifted 12-year-olds resulted in a shift from focusing on gifted children to focusing on a program of gifted education. The original project was designed for the constant comparative method in the discovery of grounded theory. As part of the second signpost, the hermeneutic challenge is to truth through method. Hermeneutic understanding of gifted reading involves interpreting what is at play in what readers are saying and doing. The third signpost suggests that hermeneutics challenges that there is more to gifted reading than self-conscious executive processes. The hermeneutic circle provides the opportunity for understanding the ontological primacy of a gifted way of living with texts. Four gifts present themselves around the hermeneutic circle: imagination, enigma, ignorance, and incarnation. Before reading researchers abstract the essence of lived experience, they are all hermeneuticists who stand together on common ground in the desire to improve conditions for students and teachers in the educational life-world. (A figure illustrating the sympathetic vibrations in a hermeneutic fusion of horizons and a figure illustrating the circular path of hermeneutic understanding are included; 22 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Paradigm Shifts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (43rd, Charleston, SC, December 1-4, 1993).