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Keywords

immediate experience, intersubjectivity, lifeworld, objectivism, preunderstanding, synthesis of intentionality, values

 

Authors

  1. Drew, Nancy PhD, RN

Abstract

A phenomenological study of researchers' experience of their work is presented. The disparity between researchers' subjective experience and the inherent objectivism of science and research is discussed. Bridging the distance between the immediate experience of research and the positivistic/objectivistic nature of research is proposed as a way to keep the research community cognizant of values and beliefs that may get pushed aside in the clamor for factual information and material gain. A synthesis of intentionality is discussed as a method for disclosing a researcher's constitutive part in phenomenolgical research. Expanding the traditional format for research reports to include a brief biographical account of the inception of the research is proposed and an example included.