Mindful methodology: A transparent dialogue on adapting Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis for engineering education research Conference

Kirn, A, Godwin, A, Cass, C et al. (2017). Mindful methodology: A transparent dialogue on adapting Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis for engineering education research . 2017-June

cited authors

  • Kirn, A; Godwin, A; Cass, C; Ross, MS; Huff, JL

fiu authors

abstract

  • This research methodology paper investigates the pragmatic adaptation of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) in two studies that contribute to engineering education research (EER). IPA is a qualitative methodology used to examine subjective lived experiences of individuals. IPA also acknowledges the role of the researcher in interpreting participants' descriptions and co-construction of findings. IPA's philosophical foundation focuses on participants' idiosyncratic experiences, interpretation of lived experiences, and ways of describing experiences. In this paper, we capture an open dialogue that describes adaptations made to IPA and critically question these adaptations. As IPA gains popularity in EER, it is important to consider how we adapt methodology to fit engineering education and how we gain new insight by utilizing different methodologies. By critically engaging the topic of methodology in EER, this paper intends to sharpen our community's command of IPA and deepen our collective insight into engineering education.

publication date

  • June 24, 2017

volume

  • 2017-June