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ERIC Number: EJ796326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0828-3893
Meaning-Making Lenses in Counselling: Discursive, Hermeneutic-Phenomenological, and Autoethnographic Perspectives
Strong, Tom; Pyle, Nathan R.; deVries, Cecile; Johnston, Dawn N.; Foskett, Allison J.
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v42 n2 p117-130 Apr 2008
Counselling can be seen as a context or process for meaning-making where clients and counsellors actively interpret and construct meaning. We examine meaning-making in counselling through the lenses of three research methods: (a) discourse analysis, (b) hermeneutic-phenomenology, and (c) autoethnography. Specifically, we relate the process and experience of counselling in ways consistent with how meaning-making is regarded by each of these research methods. In this regard, we describe each method as if it was a counselling theory. We conclude by reflecting upon how these lenses on meaning-making and counselling can inform counselling practice generally and generatively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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