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2nd Edition

Crafting Phenomenological Research

ISBN 9781138042667
Published April 4, 2018 by Routledge
198 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Building off the success of its award-winning first edition, the second edition of Crafting Phenomenological Research continues to be the leading resource for those interested in a concise introduction to phenomenological research in education and social sciences.

Joining leading contemporary practitioners, such as van Manen, Giorgi, and Dahlberg, Vagle walks the reader through multiple approaches to designing and implementing phenomenological research, including his post-intentional phenomenology, which incorporates elements of post-structural thinking into traditional methods. Vagle provides readers with methodological tools to build their own phenomenological study, addressing such issues as research design, data gathering and analysis, and writing.

Replete with exercises for students, resources for further research, and examples of completed phenomenological studies, this book affords the instructor an easy entrée into introducing phenomenology into courses on qualitative research, social theory, or educational research.

New to this edition:

  • An additional first chapter that outlines the historical background of phenomenological philosophy and methodology.
  • A feature called "snapshots" that provides brief commentary and/or examples to illustrate concepts and ideas.
  • Updated "resource digs" providing more examples, with the addition of more international resources.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Credits


Part I. Exploring Philosophical Concepts and Notions in Phenomenology

Chapter 1. Phenomenology—A Historical Background

Chapter 2. What Is a Phenomenon in Phenomenology?

Chapter 3. What Is Intentionality and Why Is It Important?

Chapter 4. The Importance of Prepositions

Resource Dig (Section 1)

Part II. Phenomenological Research Approaches

Chapter 5. Possible Methodological Approaches

Chapter 6. Phenomenological Research Methodology: Research Design Considerations

Chapter 7. Gathering Phenomenological Material

Chapter 8. Analyzing Phenomenological Material

Resource Dig (Section 2)

Part III. A Post-Intentional Approach to Phenomenological Research

Chapter 9. Post-Intentional Phenomenology

Chapter 10. Post-Intentional Methodology

Chapter 11. Post-Intentional Phenomenology in Practice

Resource Dig (Section 3)

Chapter 12. Epilogue

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Mark D. Vagle is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, USA. He has written extensively on phenomenological research in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, The Journal of Curriculum Studies, Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, Field Methods, and Teaching Education, and regularly teaches university courses and professional workshops on the subject. Currently, Vagle is using his conception of post-intentional phenomenology to critically examine various ways in which issues related to social class take concrete (lived) shape in the curriculum and pedagogies of elementary education.


Mark Vagle’s book is sure to be the go-to source for those who want to do phenomenological research in the social sciences. He not only explains the genealogy of phenomenological theories but also provides hands-on, practical examples of how they permeate a life, how they take hold in one’s bones, how they create a new way of being with the world. Vagle’s approach is joyous but also careful, critical, and contemporary as he extends phenomenology, opening it up to new imaginings demanded by 21st century inquiry.

Elizabeth A. St.Pierre, University of Georgia

The gift that phenomenology offers us is vitality, a way of knowing our world that acknowledges the emotions, histories, and interests that animate our lives. Mark Vagle brings that lifefullness right into his text. His scholarship serves his interest in sharing the possibilities of this work with us, and so he builds a bridge between its foundations, their interpretations, and our understanding, and he interprets their use and application in educational research with imagination. Reconciling description and interpretation in his approach, Vagle’s phenomenology is animated and accessible without being simplified. It is a wonderful achievement and a significant contribution to the practice of phenomenological research in education.

Madeleine R. Grumet, Professor of Education and Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Having edited a major qualitative journal for over 15 years, I know many qualitative researchers claim to be using phenomenology.  Unfortunately, most are not and don’t even really understand it.  Mark Vagle does, and in this volume he sets out—in a warm, personable manner—to help others to understand it through careful explanations and numerous examples. Stop claiming what you don’t know and read this book.  If you do, you could actually learn to be a phenomenologist.

James Joseph “Jim” Scheurich, Editor, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education