Phenomenology is an approach that explores a particular experience from the viewpoint of several individuals, for example student teachers’ accounts of school experience. A researcher engaged in this approach would describe the first hand experiences of individuals, their viewpoints and perceptions. The researcher then seeks to explore individual interpretations, attitudes, beliefs and emotions that were of significance to participants within the context of their experience.

Sources of further information:

Denscombe (2003) Chapter 7

Overview of phenomenology

Phenomenology as a research method

A phenomenological research design illustrated