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The Model of Hierarchical Complexity and its Application to Phenomenography,
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
2010 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Phenomenography is a commonly used qualitative method which aims at revealing the quality of different ways of experiencing various phenomena. It was originally created to examine learning and pedagogical issues, but is used to examine experiences in a variety of domains.

The aim of this explorative paper is to present the model of hierarchical complexity (MHC) and to discuss how it can be applied to phenomenographic studies. The object of study of phenomenography is the variation and change in capabilities for experiencing particular phenomena. These capabilities can, as a rule, be hierarchically ordered and “seen as more advanced, more complex, or more powerful than other capabilities” (Marton and Booth, 1997, p 111). The analysis is for example performed with the SOLO taxonomy or Werner’s theory of development. MHC is a more generic theory than many developmental theories. MHC is a formal general theory applicable to all occasions in which information is organized. The theory accounts for increases in behavioral complexity and enables measurement of these by a validated scoring procedure. It is also possible to distinguish between two kinds of qualitative differences: horizontal and hierarchical complexity.

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2010.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-12292DiVA: diva2:320681
Conference
6th Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference of Qualitative methods in the Service of Health, May 2-4, 2020, Uppsala, Sweden
Available from: 2010-05-26 Created: 2010-05-26 Last updated: 2011-01-05

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