Society & Culture

UGA College of Education to host Introduction to Phenomenological Research workshop June 5-7

Athens, Ga. – The foundations of phenomenological research in education will be introduced in a three-day workshop sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Education June 5-7 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

The Introduction to Phenomenological Research workshop will offer qualitative researchers, instructors of qualitative research methods and graduate students insights on the philosophical and methodological foundations of phenomenology, practice with the core methodological techniques commonly used in descriptive and interpretive phenomenological research and discussions about the presenter’s post-intentional phenomenology.

Mark Vagle, a former UGA College of Education professor, will be the instructor for the workshop. Vagle is currently an associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota. He uses what he calls post-intentional phenomenology to critically examine some of the broad philosophical and social concerns that take concrete shape in elementary education.

Formal learning systems try to create a community in which people have similar feelings, behaviors and understandings, and so, they mostly ignore students’ individual differences. Phenomenology focuses on an individual’s first-hand experiences rather than the abstract experience of others. It emphasizes explaining the meaning of things through an individual’s perspectives and self-experiences.

The application-oriented workshop is presented by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Education and Human Development, based in the UGA College of Education.

Registration cost for this workshop is $625, which includes workshop materials, refreshment breaks, lunch and a parking pass each day. The registration deadline is May 22.

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