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ERIC Number: ED177613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 11
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Investigating the Oral History Interview as Hermeneutic Conversation: A Critical Appraisal of Research Directions.
Smith, Mary John
In response to a paper by E. Culpepper Clark, Eva M. McMahan, and Michael J. Hyde that calls for the application of hermeneutic theory to the study of the oral history interview, this paper notes problems in the relationships between the proposed research design and the conceptual framework for the proposed research. While conceding that the proposed research holds great promise for achieving its long-range aim of theory construction and testing, the paper argues that the conceptual bases for the research contain ambiguities that must be resolved if the ultimate theoretical promise is to be realized. It discusses the methodological problems created by two sources of ambiguity in the conceptual bases for the research: (1) the nature of the theoretical framework derived from philosophical hermeneutics is ambivalent, and (2) the conceptual nature of the rules perspective adopted by the researchers is unclear. It then proposes the assumption of a rule-governing perspective as a means for resolving the conflict. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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