ERIC Number: EJ721214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 14
On the Unit of Description in Phenomenography
Marton, Ference; Pong, Wing Yan
Higher Education Research and Development, v24 n4 p335-348 Nov 2005
"Conception" is the unit of description in Phenomenography. It has two intertwined aspects: the referential aspect, which denotes the global meaning of the object conceptualized; and the structural aspect, which shows the specific combination of features that have been discerned and focused on. We define a feature of an object as a way in which the object appears to be different from other objects, and argue that the discernment of a feature is a function of the variation experienced by the subject. The purpose of the paper is to empirically illustrate the intertwined nature of the referential and structural aspects of a conception on the one hand, and the variational origin of the discernment of features, on the other hand.
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Research Methodology, High School Students, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Philosophy
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada