ERIC Number: EJ954139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Variation and Commonality in Phenomenographic Research Methods
Akerlind, Gerlese S.
Higher Education Research and Development, v31 n1 p115-127 2012
This paper focuses on the data analysis stage of phenomenographic research, elucidating what is involved in terms of both commonality and variation in accepted practice. The analysis stage of phenomenographic research is often not well understood. This paper helps to clarify the process, initially by collecting together in one location the more concrete of the existing descriptions of phenomenographic analysis. The analytic process is then further elucidated by a unique analysis of variation in practice, based on the principles underlying that practice. This work was inspired by the ongoing efforts of John Bowden to clarify the nature and rigour of phenomenographic research methods, commencing in particular with Bowden and Walsh's volume in 1994.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Epistemology, Phenomenology, Validity, Interrater Reliability
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia