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The phenomenology of ‘approach to studying’: the idiographic turn

Ashworth, P and Greasley, K (2009) The phenomenology of ‘approach to studying’: the idiographic turn. Studies in Higher Education, 34 (5). pp. 561-576. ISSN 0307-5079

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    Abstract

    ‘Approach to studying’ research focuses on the manner (deep, surface, etc.) in which studying is grasped. This is the Husserlian ‘noesis’, the mental orientation, to studying. In this article, it is argued that attention must also be given to the subjective meaning of studying and of what is studied – the Husserlian ‘noema’. However, the noema/noesis distinction, though it draws attention to the poverty of characterising approaches to studying simply as mental orientation, has certain flaws, which are discussed. It is most appropriate to develop the noema so as to bring out the human situation of studying within the lifeworld of the student. Idiographic sensibility – an awareness of the individuality of the lifeworld – is needed for anything close to a full understanding of a person’s approach to studying.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 45331
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:30
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:30
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45331

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