Phenomenology of Practice: Meaning-Giving Methods in Phenomenological Research and Writing (Developing Qualitative Inquiry)

Phenomenology of Practice: Meaning-Giving Methods in Phenomenological Research and Writing (Developing Qualitative Inquiry) by Max van Manen

Book Description – Phenomenology of Practice: Meaning-Giving Methods in Phenomenological Research and Writing (Developing Qualitative Inquiry)

Product Details Series: Developing Qualitative Inquiry (Book 13) Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Left Coast Press (March 31, 2014) Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611329442
ISBN-13: 978-1611329445
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Dr. Max van Manen is a giant among contemporary phenomenologists and his work continues to inspire. Max’s new book is very comprehensive, so comprehensive that it tells the story of the history of what it means to be human and “in the world.” The book provides not only the traditional foundations of phenomenology in terms of philosophy/ies and method/s, but also, challenging us to reflect and dialogue about new thoughts or ideas that we may not have thought about. Max’s use of etymology is so profound. One can put themselves in his stories and explanations of the lifeworld and “see” meaning at a very deep level. I highly recommend this book to faculty and students who are in search of a scholarly approach to philosophy and method in phenomenology. But I also recommend this book for all those who are in search of a fuller understanding of the meaning of meaning. ”

—Marilyn A. Ray, Florida Atlantic University (Emeritus)
“Max van Manen is a great teacher and a true maestro in the craft of phenomenology and phenomenological writing….The book is comprehensive and covers an ambitious range of topics, but keeps returning to its main focus: that of understanding the phenomenology of practice.…In the way of a master teacher, van Manen shows us how to do the phenomenology of practice by himself engaging in thoughtful and reflective practice of phenomenological pedagogy….For any serious student of phenomenology—and in particular those engaged in the phenomenology of practice—this book should prove an essential resource and a challenging but rewarding guide.”

—Irena Madjar, Qualitative Health Research
“Throughout his academic career, educator Max van Manen has been one of the most accessible commentators on phenomenological method. [This book] is a masterly account of the nature of phenomenology and the lived experience of doing phenomenological research.”

—Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology
“I think the labour of this extraordinarily deep and comprehensive text should bear fruit in its immediate uptake for any researchers planning to present the lived experience of a phenomenon without drifting too quickly into conceptual analysis. The author has profoundly enriched researcher practitioners, seeking to understand and use phenomenological approaches…”

—Peter Willis, Phenomenology & Practice

About the Author

Max van Manen is emeritus Professor in Research Methods, Pedagogy and Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He is the leading proponent of the practice and meaning of phenomenological inquiry in pedagogy, psychology, health science, and the human sciences. He is author of books on phenomenology and on pedagogy, including Childhood’s Secrets: Intimacy, Privacy, and the Self Reconsidered  (with Bas Levering, 1996), Phenomenology of Practice: Meaning-Giving Methods in Phenomenological Research and Writing (2014), and Pedagogical Tact: Knowing What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do  (2015). He has had his books translated into many languages. Max van Manen has also authored numerous articles and chapters on pedagogy, health science, curriculum, qualitative research methods, and phenomenology. He founded the journal Phenomenology and Pedagogy and developed the website PhenomenologyOnline. He is recipient of an honorary doctorate, and he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Curriculum Division of the American Educational Research Association among many other awards and distinctions.

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