Dr. Yanchar Visits

  1. Truth and Disclosure in Qualitative Research: Implications of Hermeneutic Realism
    1. Question constructivism in qualitative research
    2. Inquiry and Reality
      1. researched based on assumptions about what is real and how we know it
        1. This makes qualitative researchers nervous because usually the quant researchers win this debate.
      2. But how does reality exist? Can we know it? Do humans construct it? Mentally represent it?
      3. Suggest a non-dualistic position to inform inquiry
        1. something is real
        2. not affirming a two world conception (personal, constructed reality AND external reality that may or may not exist)
    3. Human Agency
      1. Participational Agency = meaningful engagement in the world
        1. situated, unitary phenomenon (non-dualistic)
        2. care, mattering
        3. temporal-narrative orientation
        4. Definitions
          1. meaning = it makes it difference to us
          2. being (Heidigger)= to answer the question of being, the nature of existence, you have to start with the begins that ask questions about being. Humans are beings who care, that have sorge (care). A human is a structure of care.
    4. Hermeneutic Realism
      1. Participational agents are “world disclosers”
        1. the world is disclosed based on meaningful engagement (familiarity, care)
        2. engagement is contextual, this aspects of the world can “show up” in many true ways – water is for drinking but it is also for swimming and can be dangerous.
        3. Every disclosure is also a concealing – knowing about the nature of water doesn’t tell you anything about swimming the English channel, and vice versa.
      2. Qualitative inquiry is a special kind of disclosure for human phenomena
    5. Implications of Hermeneutic Realism
      1. inquiry as a revelatory event – you go out into the world and try to position yourself to document some part of truth.
      2. disclosure as significant insight
      3. experience as concernful involvement
      4. agency as a temporal-narrative phenomenon
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