ERIC Number: EJ1052872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Philosophizing about Teacher Dissatisfaction: A Multidisciplinary Hermeneutic Approach
Santoro, Doris A.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v34 n2 p171-180 Mar 2015
In this methodological reflection, I describe the multidisciplinary hermeneutic process of philosophizing about teacher dissatisfaction. I discuss how philosophy serves as a starting point for interpretive work based on interviews with former teachers and readings of qualitative and quantitative research on teacher attrition and dissatisfaction. The result has been a project that enabled me to offer new descriptions of phenomena and to develop concepts that can be used to interpret the moral dimensions of teacher dissatisfaction. The fact that I return to language and concepts as my research outcomes is why, despite my multidisciplinary approach, I continue to describe my work as philosophical. I suggest that philosophical enquiry pursued through empirical research has the potential to inform larger empirical studies, serve as a "sensitizing instrument" for empirical analysis, and to open discursive spaces where common understandings limit interpretive possibilities.
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Interviews
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