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Comparison of micro-phenomenology and constructivist grounded theory analysis

Oskar Dragan (2022) Comparison of micro-phenomenology and constructivist grounded theory analysis. MSc thesis.

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    In the master thesis I am comparing micro-phenomenological and constructivist grounded theory. I start with the presuppositions that gathering and analysis of data in qualitative research are not epistemological neutral processes and that the methodological and analytical research decisions we make influence our understanding of the research phenomena (Mills idr., 2006a; 2006b; Vogrinc, 2008). Hence, I am investigating how do epistemological presuppositions of both methods influence the analysis and the formation of results. Combining theoretical descriptions of micro-phenomenology and constructivist grounded theory analysis and applying them on the same data set – descriptions of experience of solving visual-spatial working memory task – with the reflection of my analytical work, allows me to define the epistemological presuppositions of both methods and how they are reflected in the analysis process and derived results. Presupposition comparison shows that micro-phenomenology is much more detailed when defining what experience is, which plays a significant role primarily in the first step of the analysis when determining what is not and what is suitable for further analysis. Nevertheless, both methods share some presuppositions, reflected in some of the similarities within the results formed using both methods. The differences in the results are due to both the specific analytical “path” I took as well as some of the presuppositions about lived experience that, in contrast to constructivist grounded theory, micro-phenomenology accepts. My work contributes to better understanding of the results formed with micro-phenomenology and constructivist grounded theory: I described the epistemological foundations of both methods and showed how do they – in a form of demands, that the researcher recognizes – reflect in the process of analysis and in results.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: qualitative research, epistemology, empirical phenomenology, first-person research, micro-phenomenology, constructivist grounded theory
    Number of Pages: 66
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Toma StrleMentor
    prof. dr. Grega RepovšComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/99392259
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7115
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 12:36
    Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 12:36
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7115

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