About: Theme (narrative) is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 13050 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 159511 citation(s). The topic is also known as: narrative theme.
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01 Jan 1990
TL;DR: In this paper, the Hermeneutic Phenomenology of human science research has been studied in the context of personal experience as a starting point to understand the nature of human experience.
Abstract: Preface Preface to the 2nd Edition 1. Human Science Introduction Why Do Human Science Research? What Is a Hermeneutic Phenomenological Human Science? What Does it Mean to Be Rational? What a Human Science Cannot Do Description or Interpretation? Research-Procedures, Techniques, and Methods Methodical Structure of Human Science Research 2. Turning to the Nature of Lived Experience The Nature of Lived Experience Orienting to the Phenomenon Formulating the Phenomenological Question Explicating Assumptions and Pre-understandings 3. Investigating Experience as We Live It The Nature of Data (datum: thing given or granted) Using Personal Experience as a Starting Point Tracing Etymologjcal Sources Searching Idiomatic Phrases Obtaining Experiential Descriptions from Others Protocol Writing (lived-experience descriptions) Interviewing (the personal life story) Observing (the experiential anecdote) Experiential Descriptions in Literature Biography as a Resource for Experiential Material Diaries, Journals, and Logs as Sources of Lived Experiences Art as a Source of Lived Experience Consulting Phenomenological Literature 4. Hermeneutic Phenomenological Rel1ectlon Conducting Thematic Analysis Situations Seeking Meaning What Is a Theme? The Pedagogy of Theme Uncovering Thematic Aspects Isolating Thematic Statements Composing Linguistic Transformations Gleaning Thematic Descriptions from Artistic Sources Interpretation through Conversation Collaborative Analysis: The Research Seminar/Group Lifeworld Existentials as Guides to Reflection Determining Incidental and Essential Themes 5. Hermeneutic Phenomenological Writing Attending to the Speaking of Language Silence-the Limits and Power of Language Anecdote as a Methodological Device The Value of Anecdotal Narrative Varying the Examples Writing Mediates Reflection and Action To Write is to Measure Our Thoughtfulness Writing Exercises the Ability to See The Write is to Show Something To Write is to Rewrite 6. Maintaining a Strong and Oriented Relation The Relation Between Research/Writing and Pedagogy On the Ineffability of Pedagogy "Seeing" Pedagogy The Pedagogic Practice of Textuality Human Science as Critically Oriented Action Research Action Sensitive Knowledge Leads to Pedagogic Competence 7. Balancing the Research Context by Considering Parts and Whole The Research Proposal Effects and Ethics of Human Science Research Plan and Context of a Research Project Working the Text Glossary Bibliography Index
01 Jan 1967
TL;DR: Goffman's Interaction Ritual as mentioned in this paper is an interesting account of daily social interaction viewed with a new perspective for the logic of our behavior in such ordinary circumstances as entering a crowded elevator or bus.
Abstract: Not then, men and their moments. Rather, moment and their men, writes Erving Goffman in the introduction to his groundbreaking 1967 Interaction Ritual , a study of face-to-face interaction in natural settings, that class of events which occurs during co-presence and by virtue of co-presence. The ultimate behavioural materials are the glances, gestures, positionings, and verbal statements that people continuously feed into situations, whether intended or not. A sociology of occasions is here advocated. Social organisation is the central theme, but what is organized is the co-mingling of persons and the temporary interactional enterprises that can arise therefrom. A normatively stabilized structure is at issue, a "social gathering", but this is a shifting entity, necessarily evanescent, created by arrivals and killed by departures. The major section of the book is the essay "Where the Action Is", drawing on Goffman's last major ethnographic project observation of Nevada casinos. Tom Burns says of Goffman's work "The eleven books form a singularly compact body of writing. All his published work was devoted to topics and themes which were closely connected, and the methodology, angles of approach and of course style of writing remained characteristically his own throughout. Interaction Ritual in particular is an interesting account of daily social interaction viewed with a new perspective for the logic of our behavior in such ordinary circumstances as entering a crowded elevator or bus." In his new introduction, Joel Best considers Goffman's work in toto and places Interaction Ritual in that total context as one of Goffman's pivotal works: oHis subject matter was unique. In sharp contrast to the natural tendency of many scholars to tackle big, important topics, Goffman was a minimalist, working on a small scale, and concentrating on the most mundane, ordinary social contacts, on everyday life.o
01 Jan 1966
TL;DR: Bruner's "Toward a Theory of Instruction" as mentioned in this paper is an illuminating examination of how mental growth proceeds, and the ways in which teaching can profitably adapt itself to that progression and can also help it along.
Abstract: This country's most challenging writer on education presents here a distillation, for the general reader, of half a decade's research and reflection. His theme is dual: how children learn, and how they can best be helped to learn--how they can be brought to the fullest realization of their capacities. Mr. Bruner, "Harper's" reports, has "stirred up more excitement than any educator since John Dewey." His explorations into the nature of intellectual growth and its relation to theories of learning and methods of teaching have had a catalytic effect upon educational theory. In this new volume the subjects dealt with in "The Process of Education" are pursued further, probed more deeply, given concrete illustration and a broader context. "One is struck by the absence of a theory of instruction as a guide to pedagogy," Mr. Bruner observes; "in its place there is principally a body of maxims." The eight essays in this volume, as varied in topic as they are unified in theme, are contributions toward the construction of such a theory. What is needed in that enterprise is, inter alia, "the daring and freshness of hypotheses that do not take for granted as true what has merely become habitual," and these are amply evidenced here. At the conceptual core of the book is an illuminating examination of how mental growth proceeds, and of the ways in which teaching can profitably adapt itself to that progression and can also help it along. Closely related to this is Mr. Bruner's "evolutionary instrumentalism," his conception of instruction as the means of transmitting the tools and skills of a culture, the acquired characteristics that express and amplify man's powers--especially thecrucial symbolic tools of language, number, and logic. Revealing insights are given into the manner in which language functions as an instrument of thought. The theories presented are anchored in practice, in the empirical research from which they derive and in the practical applications to which they can be put. The latter are exemplified incidentally throughout and extensively in detailed descriptions of two courses Mr. Bruner has helped to construct and to teach--an experimental mathematics course and a multifaceted course in social studies. In both, the students' encounters with the material to be mastered are structured and sequenced in such a way as to work with, and to reinforce, the developmental process. Written with all the style and e lan that readers have come to expect of Mr. Bruner, "Toward a Theory of Instruction" is charged with the provocative suggestions and inquiries of one of the great innovators in the field of education.
01 Jan 1994
TL;DR: In this paper, three prominent social thinkers discuss the implications of "reflexive modernization" for social and cultural theory today, and the three authors offer critical appraisals of each other's viewpoints.
Abstract: The theme of reflexivity has come to be central to social analysis. In this book three prominent social thinkers discuss the implications of "reflexive modernization" for social and cultural theory today. Ulrich Beck's vision of the "risk society" has already become extraordinarily influential. Beck offers a new elaboration of his basic ideas, connecting reflexive modernization with new issues to do with the state and political organization. Giddens offers an in-depth examination of the connections between "institutional reflexivity" and the de-traditionalizing of the modern world. We are entering, he argues, a phase of the development of a global society. A "global society" is not a world society, but one with universalizing tendencies. Lash develops the theme of reflexive modernization in relation the aesthetics and the interpretation of culture. In this domain, he suggests, we need to look again at the conventional theories of postmodernism; "aesthetic modernization" has distinctive qualities that need to be uncovered and analyzed. In the concluding sections of the book, the three authors offer critical appraisals of each other's viewpoints, providing a synthetic conclusion to the work as a whole.
01 Jan 1972
TL;DR: The summation of the life work of one of the most influential scientists of our time is presented in the book "Genius: A Summary of the Life Work of Thomas E. MacArthur" as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: First published in 1972 and now available for the first time in paperback, this book is the summation of the life work of one of the most influential scientists of our time. Of permanent interest in the history and philosophy of science, it is also frequently cited in the current ecological literature and is still up-to-date in many categories. "The theme running through this book," MacArthur wrote, "is that the structure of the environment, the morphology of the species, the economics of species behavior, and the dynamics of population changes are the four essential ingredients of all interesting biogeographic patterns." Written in his beautifully lucid style, this work will continue to be read by anyone concerned with biological ideas.
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