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Phenomenological investigation of a powerful story Gardner, Marlene


This study sought to investigate the phenomenological nature of reading a potently meaningful novel, and the resultant change in the reader. Seven co-researchers were interviewed. They were chosen on the basis that they had experienced the powerful reading phenomenon. The method used in this study was phenomenological research. The co-researcher's description of their experience was analyzed by means of a phenomenological protocol analysis. An exhaustive description of the structure of the phenomenological nature of a powerful reading experience was written from the protocol analysis. The results of this study clearly show that there is an unanimous consensus between co-researchers regarding the nature of the powerful reading experience. The nature of the experience was found to be a complex, paradoxically interdependent, interconnected but universal experience for each of the co-researchers.

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