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.