Hermeneutic Phenomenology in Education

Method and Practice

  • Norm Friesen
  • Carina Henriksson
  • Tone Saevi

Part of the Practice of Research Method book series (PRM, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
    1. Carina Henriksson, Norm Friesen
      Pages 1-14
  2. Introducing Hermeneutic Phenomenology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Linda Finlay
      Pages 17-37
    3. Norm Friesen
      Pages 39-54
    4. Carina Henriksson, Tone Saevi
      Pages 55-78
    5. Wolff-Michael Roth
      Pages 79-103
  3. Hermeneutic Phenomenology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Kathleen Galvin, Les Todres
      Pages 107-118
    3. Carina Henriksson
      Pages 119-137
  4. A “Science of Examples”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Charlotte Svendler Nielsen
      Pages 163-176
    3. Andrew Foran, Margaret Olson
      Pages 177-200
    4. Patrick Howard
      Pages 201-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-217

About this book


Hermeneutic phenomenology is a combination of theory, reflection and practice that interweaves vivid descriptions of lived experience (phenomenology) together with reflective interpretations of their meanings (hermeneutics). This method is popular among researchers in education, nursing and other caring and nurturing practices and professions. Practical and adaptable, it can be at the same time poetic and evocative. As this collection shows, hermeneutic phenomenology gives voice to everyday aspects of educational practice –particularly emotional, embodied and empathic moments– that may be all too easily overlooked in other research approaches. By explicating, illustrating and demonstrating hermeneutic phenomenology as a method for research in education specifically, this book offers an excellent resource for beginning as well as more advanced researchers.


phenomenology hermeneutics

Editors and affiliations

  • Norm Friesen
    • 1
  • Carina Henriksson
    • 2
  • Tone Saevi
    • 3
  1. 1.Thompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada
  2. 2.School of Education, Psychology and Sport ScienceLinnaeus UniversityVäxjöSweden
  3. 3.School of EducationNLA University CollegeBergenNorway

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