Do I need to understand the chicken or the egg? [phenomenological ponderings]

Wait...those aren't chickens!

Since I'm using a phenomenological design for my dissertation, some basic understanding of the underlying philosophy is essential. But this is not a philosophical dissertation. It is an educational studies dissertation. The philosophy of phenomenology is the egg and methodology/method is the chicken. I need to understand the chicken. Phenomenological philosophy is that which forms the context from which the methodology has sprung. Understanding the basics of the formation and heritage are critical to correctly understanding the methodology, for these guide the types of thinking and data reporting that best fit the methodology. These guide the general ways in which data are collected and understood. But an intimate understanding of Husserl, Heidegger, and Gadamer is not required. To conduct the research, one needs an intimate understanding of the mental stance and range of methods that best fit within phenomenological research. Frankly, I need to know enough about the philosophical formation and heritage to make sure someone's not passing off a duck as a chicken. After that, I just need to trust a deepening knowledge of the chicken.  

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