Session S50a (Tuesday, 9:30am, Thomas 201)

P463: Hermeneutics and narrative: Complementary theoretical frameworks

Joe Shane (Shippensburg University, USA)

Hermeneutics, the art of understanding, is commonly used in qualitative research to define the researcher as the voice of the participants. The overall goal of a hermeneutic inquiry is to present the findings in a fair, comprehensive, and historically grounded manner. Narrative analysis complements hermeneutics by having the researcher present the findings in the form of a story woven together by plots. In this presentation, I will discuss the connections between the two theoretical frameworks and outline examples from our own work in chemistry and science teacher education.



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