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How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Katarzyna Peoples SAGE Publications, Inc
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Conducting phenomenological research for dissertations can be an involved and challenging process, and writing it up is often the most challenging part. How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation gives students practical, applied advice on how to structure and develop each chapter of the dissertation specifically for phenomenological research. 

Part I: Before the Dissertation
Chapter 1. How to Begin
What is Phenomenological Research?
Purpose of this Book
Organization of this Book
Part II: Writing the Dissertation
Chapter 2. Introduction & Literature Review
Beginning the Literature Review: What's Your Topic?
Literature Search Strategy
Create an Outline
Writing the First Dissertation Chapter: The Introduction
Problem Statement
Purpose Statement
Research Questions
Theoretical Framework
Delimitations and Limitations
Summary Sections
Completing the Literature Review
References & Suggested Reading
Chapter 3. Methodology
Design & Rationale
Researcher Role
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Using Software
Validity & Reliability
Write the Abstract
References & Resources
Chapter 4. Results
Participant Demographics
Data Collection
Connecting to the Theoretical Framework
Validity and Reliability
Going Back to Chapter Three
References & Resources
Chapter 5. Discussion
Interpretation of Findings: A Dialogue with the Literature
Including Theory Throughout
Recommendations for Future Research
Update the Abstract
References & Resources
Part III: After your Dissertation
Chapter 6. Other Phenomenological Methods
Existential Phenomenology
Critical Narrative Analysis (Langdridge)
Dialogal Approach (Halling, Leifer, & Rowe)
Dallas approach (Garza)
Embodied Lifeworld Approach (Todres)
Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin)
Lifeworld Approach (Ashworth)
Lived experience human science inquiry (van Manen)
Reflective lifeworld Approach (Dahlberg)
References & Resources
Chapter 7. Creating Your Own Phenomenological Method
Giorgi's Five Basic Steps:
Van Manen's Four Reflections:
Illustrated Steps
References & Resources
Appendix A: Recruitment Flyer
Appendix B: Screening
Appendix C: Semi-Structured Interview Guide
Appendix D: Consent to Participate
Appendix E: Sample Dissertation Literature Review

The key strengths are the attempt to provide a systematic understanding of the process from A to Z with a specific focus on phenomenology. This text will be useful and versatile for student locked in to phenomenology.

Dr. Peoples studied Existential Psychology at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) and earned both her Bachelor's and her Master's in Psychology at Duquesne University before moving over to earn her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Duquesne University. She started working in the addictions field in 1999 and shortly after started relationship and marriage counseling simultaneously.  Dr. Peoples currently works as a core faculty member in the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral program at Walden University. She has written books, book chapters, and journal articles on numerous topics related to counseling, teaching, and philosophy. Dr. Peoples also has an online marriage counseling and coaching practice where she offers video, text, and phone counseling. Her previous book, authored under Kailla Edger, Ph.D. was titled Losing the Bond with God: Sexual Addiction and Evangelical Men