During my first week of my research course, as part of my Masters of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads, I was introduced to many areas of social research. Some of which are completely foreign to me. In Mindful Inquiry in Social Research (Bentz & Shapiro, 1998) I was introduced to the concept of Hermeneutic Inquiry. Hermeneutics as a concept was inspired by the greek god Hermes, who was a messenger. I like the concept of Hermeneutics because it involves interpretation and particularly that of history. History is reinterpreted by the people reflecting on it. What we know re-orders the way we interpret what happened in the past. This is fascinating because we can always look back to make sense of what happened before us and apply new knowledge to make new truths. If I only knew then what I know now. There is an on-going desire to learn more and to interpret new meaning. The interpretations are not left to whimsy, they strive for “objectivity in understanding and using interpretations to do so” (p. 116).
There is much I have to learn. Here are some strategies to get me started.
As I navigate my epistemological beliefs and how I wish to explore knowledge I will be continuing to post my thoughts during the next 2 years. I hope you will join me.
Bentz, V. M., & Shapiro, J. J. (1998). Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications, Inc.