From Philosophy to Practice
Chapter 8. Interpretation as Writing
Example One: “It’s Not Just Camp”: Understanding the Meaning of Children’s Cancer Camps for Children and Families (Laing, 2013)
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INTERPRETATION AS WRITING
Interpretive writing is at the heart of hermeneutic research and it is a learned and practiced art that is often difficult to discern and develop for beginning researchers. Sometimes the most helpful way to understand how to conduct hermeneutic research or explain interpretive writing is to look at work that has already been done. In fact, our experiences with those new to the hermeneutic tradition have shown that hermeneutics often “explains itself” when one is able to read a published manuscript or dissertation of a hermeneutic study.
In this chapter, we offer two examples of recently completed and published hermeneutic research. These two examples are not the only way in which one can write hermeneutically, however they offer ideas of how the address, being methodical and following leads, conducting interviews, and interpretive analysis might look as an end product, as something available for public consumption. ← 139 | 140 →
This study was the doctoral research done by Laing (supervised by Moules). In this study, Laing, whose clinical background was as a nurse in the field of pediatric oncology, was following up on something that had “struck” her in her previous clinical work, and that was the importance of cancer camp for children with cancer and their families. She remembered how excited kids would get thinking about going to camp, and how vitally important it became for many of them. Her job, as a nurse, was to...
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