Phenomenology as a Research Design


What is Phenomenology?

Phenomenology as a research design is growing in popularity, particularly among doctoral learners.  Departing from the traditional positivistic nature of most survey and quantitative research, phenomenology explores the lived experiences of individuals and groups, and can provide a means to uncover deep understanding of these experiences from the perspective of the individual actor or the group.  While many doctoral students gravitate towards this design, it can also be challenging to design and execute an effective phenomenological study–perhaps even more challenging than more traditional designs.

We recently added a resource to our “guides, tools, and worksheets” collection that provides a basic overview of phenomenological research, and can help you decide whether or not this design is appropriate to address your topic or problem of interest.  The following link will take you directly to this writeup.