This study explored, described, and discovered meaning in the lived experiences of PhD students regarding two courses: Philosophy of Science and Qualitative Methods. The philosophical underpinning was constructivism. The phenomenological methodology employed a structured questionnaire to collect data. It involved mailed computer disks with questions. Twenty of 43 students returned the disks. Content analysis and QSR N6 software were employed in data analysis. Findings included three broad areas: Thinking about Thinking, The Ah-Ha of Me and Thee, and The Never-Ending Journey of Darkness to Light. Philosophy of Science appears to have value for students in every aspect of their lives. Recognizing strengths and limitations of various paradigms could lead to different and new ways of approaching research. Philosophy of Science was a useful course for the participants.
Philosophy, Research, Phenomenology, Students, and Qualitative
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Efinger, J., Maldonado, N., & McArdle, G. (2004). PhD Students Perceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Research: A Qualitative Investigation. The Qualitative Report, 9(4), 732-759. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol9/iss4/8