What is it about?

Confirming participant responses is key to improving the trustworthiness of interpretive phenomenology. However, traditional methods of member checking may posess more challenges than benefits. This article shares a new way to confirm/reject interpretation in real-time with participants through a cultural domain analysis tool called freelisting.

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Why is it important?

This approach is a novel innovation to phenomenology and may help researchers save time and resources while conducting phenomenological research, without sacrificing the steps taken to verify intepretations with participants.


This design method was developed inadvertently through the creation of my own doctoral research. I hope it will influence other researchers to push study design and adapt the social sciences to meet the changing needs of research. I also encourage researchers to duplicate this design in many contexts to determine its applicability.

Dr. Kristina K. McGaha
University of Phoenix

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This page is a summary of: A non-traditional validation tool: using cultural domain analysis for interpretive phenomenology, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2019.1621474.
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