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How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation

How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation
A Step-by-Step Guide

First Edition

February 2020 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Part I: Before the Dissertation
Chapter 1. How to Begin
What is Phenomenological Research?

Purpose of this Book

Organization of this Book

Part II: Writing the Dissertation
Chapter 2. Introduction & Literature Review
Beginning the Literature Review: What’s Your Topic?

Literature Search Strategy

Create an Outline

Writing the First Dissertation Chapter: The Introduction

Problem Statement

Purpose Statement

Research Questions

Theoretical Framework



Delimitations and Limitations


Summary Sections

Completing the Literature Review

References & Suggested Reading

Chapter 3. Methodology

Design & Rationale

Researcher Role




Data Collection

Data Analysis

Using Software

Validity & Reliability



Write the Abstract

References & Resources

Chapter 4. Results


Participant Demographics

Data Collection


Connecting to the Theoretical Framework

Validity and Reliability

Going Back to Chapter Three



References & Resources

Chapter 5. Discussion

Interpretation of Findings: A Dialogue with the Literature

Including Theory Throughout



Recommendations for Future Research



Update the Abstract

References & Resources

Part III: After your Dissertation
Chapter 6. Other Phenomenological Methods
Existential Phenomenology

Critical Narrative Analysis (Langdridge)

Dialogal Approach (Halling, Leifer, & Rowe)

Dallas approach (Garza)

Embodied Lifeworld Approach (Todres)

Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin)

Lifeworld Approach (Ashworth)

Lived experience human science inquiry (van Manen)

Reflective lifeworld Approach (Dahlberg)

References & Resources

Chapter 7. Creating Your Own Phenomenological Method
Giorgi’s Five Basic Steps:

Van Manen’s Four Reflections:

Illustrated Steps


References & Resources

Appendix A: Recruitment Flyer
Appendix B: Screening
Appendix C: Semi-Structured Interview Guide
Appendix D: Consent to Participate
Appendix E: Sample Dissertation Literature Review

Overall, I feel this is possibly the best work I have seen on this type of a dissertation. It is clear and concise as well as complete in mechanics.

Michael E. Cox
Ohio Christian University

It seems to make writing a phenomenological study more accessible by offering pathways to students.

Dr. Akin Taiwo
King's University College at Western University

It is well-informed, driven by experience and authoritatively written and yet leaves room for others to write their own. It is quite a feat.

Maurice Apprey
University of Virginia

While this book conforms with others in the domain of phenomenological research is it superior in many respects; chiefly the author's sound knowledge transfer of philosophy to methods; the fit between conceptual basic assumptions and object of research study; and clarity without sacrificing complexity.

Maurice Apprey
University of Virginia

The key strengths are the attempt to provide a systematic understanding of the process from A to Z with a specific focus on phenomenology. This text will be useful and versatile for student locked in to phenomenology.

Raymond Blanton
University of the Incarnate Word

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ISBN: 9781544328362