Phenomenology in Geoscience Education

Anthony D Feig

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a theoretical discussion of the application of a specific social-science research methodology to the subdiscipline of geoscience education. This is an emerging discipline composed of geoscientists who are working on educational questions. Much of the research conducted to date has relied on quantitative and experimental methods. Social science methodologies represent a rich opportunity for advancing knowledge, yet most geoscientists are either unaware, or downright skeptical, of them. My presentation was a discussion of the utility of “hermeneutic phenomenology.” Put simply, this is a method of digging deeper to qualitatively answer educational questions by getting at lived experiences, the construction of values and perceived truths of learners and educators. This is new territory for most geoscientists, who often have an interest in such questions, but no background training in finding the answers. My overarching goal is to help shape, define and guide the relatively new field of geoscience education with respect to qualitative modes of inquiry. This paper sets the stage by presenting a theoretical discussion of a respected, widely utilized social science research methodology—one that is largely unknown to most geoscientists.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Oct 5 2008


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