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Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis: Identifying the “Relational” in Systemic Inquiry

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By: Published: 2018 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Interpretive phenomenological analysis provides the theoretical framework for methods applied during the research process which is phenomenological, interpretive, and idiographic. It is often used to analyze and interpret data gathered from transcripts of interviews with people who have experienced a similar phenomenon. However, my transcripts derived from audio recordings of my teaching with social work students. This was a relational ethnographic approach with systemic inquiry as the underlying theoretical paradigm. My first attempt of analysis was with a framework provided by Coordinated Management of Meaning, which sits within the systemic field. When this did not yield notable outcomes, I opted to repeat the analysis using interpretive phenomenological analysis, despite the source of my transcripts originating from outside the conventional method of interviews and notwithstanding much of the research using interpretive phenomenological analysis being generated from the Psychological disciplines. Instead of looking at connections between different people interviewed, I looked at connections within and between teaching sessions to identify how conversation might be used to build relationships with students. My utilization of interpretive phenomenological analysis produced a range of themes, demonstrating it can be successfully applied to the analysis of material collected from different methods and has the ability to identify relational connections in a systemic inquiry.

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