Essentials of Existential Phenomenological Research

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Pub. Date: 2021-08-10
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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The brief, practical texts in the Essentials of Qualitative Methods series introduce social science and psychology researchers to key approaches to qualitative methods, offering exciting opportunities to gather in-depth qualitative data and to develop rich and useful findings. 

In this book, Scott D. Churchill introduces readers to existential phenomenological research, an approach that seeks an in-depth, embodied understanding of subjective human existence that reflects a person's values, purposes, ideals, intentions, emotions, and relationships. This method helps researchers understand the lives and needs of others by helping identify and set aside theoretical and ideological prejudgments.

About the Essentials of Qualitative Methods book series: Even for experienced researchers, selecting and correctly applying the right method can be challenging. In this groundbreaking series, leading experts in qualitative methods provide clear, crisp, and comprehensive descriptions of their approach, including its methodological integrity, and its benefits and limitations. Each book includes numerous examples to enable readers to quickly and thoroughly grasp how to leverage these valuable methods.

Author Biography

Scott D. Churchill, PhD, began studying existential phenomenology in 1969 at Bucknell University and continued his studies at Duquesne University, where he earned his doctorate in “clinical phenomenological psychology” in 1984. He began his professional career at the University of Dallas in 1981, where he currently holds the position of professor, having earlier served as department chair and founding director of the master’s programs in psychology. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), he has served as editor-in-chief of The Humanistic Psychologist since 2006 and is currently president of APA’s Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He has also served on the APA Council of Representatives and as president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32), as well as editor of Methods: A Journal for Human Science, while also participating on numerous editorial boards both here and abroad. He is a founding member of the International Human Science Research Conference, the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, and the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists. Dr. Churchill has presented papers, workshops, and invited addresses at professional conferences around the world, including Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Canada, England, India, and Australia. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of phenomenological research methodology, empathy studies, human–bonobo communication, and second-person perspectivity. He has developed and taught well over 100 courses in phenomenological psychology, hermeneutics, depth psychology, projective techniques, ecopsychology, primate studies, and cinema studies. Dr. Churchill was awarded the Mike Arons and E. Mark Stern Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service to the Society for Humanistic Psychology and the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award for Outstanding and Lasting Contribution to Humanistic Psychology from APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) and the Steve Harrist Distinguished Service Award from Division 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology). He was also named a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor for excellence in teaching. Locally, Dr. Churchill is a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and senior film and performing arts critic for the Irving Community Television Network.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword—Clara E. Hill and Sarah Knox

1. Conceptual Foundations of Existential Phenomenological Research
The “Human Science” Approach as a Way of Seeing
What Is the Key Insight of Existential Phenomenology?

2. Getting Started: Selecting an Experience to Study
Formulating a Research Question

3. Collecting the Data
Attending to Ethical Considerations
Selecting Participants
Developing an Experiential “Approach” to Data Collection
Data-Generating Activities

4. First Phase of Data Analysis: Focusing on Moments Within the Whole
Doing Psychology Phenomenologically
Mentoring EPR in the Classroom: Training the Research Team

5. Second Phase of Data Analysis: Comprehensive Synthesis
Individual Structural Description: A Comprehensive Synthesis
General Structural Description: The Intuition of Essential Meaning

6. Writing the Research Report
Introduction Section
Method Section
Results Section
Discussion Section

7. Conclusions
The Place of Phenomenology Within the Qualitative Tradition
Achieving Methodological Integrity
Strengths, Limitations, and Future Directions

Appendix: Exemplar Studies
About the Author
About the Series Editors

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