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  • The study of the structure and meaning of the lived experiences of a phenomenon for a group of individuals. The purpose is to reveal the hidden meanings, or essences, of a phenomenon by comparing individual experiences and describing the commonalities. This qualitative research method also seeks to discover how participants make meaning of their experiences. Examples of phenomena studied by a phenomenological researcher include hazing, the freshman experience, test anxiety, and the experience of the death of a loved one.

    In phenomenology, the researcher investigates the essence of an experience or phenomenon by examining the descriptions of the experiences given by participants. The end result of the investigation is to determine and describe what the experience means to the participants and to provide a complete description ...

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