Possibilities for Action : Narrative Understanding: Plenary

Abstract : Donald Polkinghorne is Professor Emeritus in the division of Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California. He held the Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was recipient of the Award for Distinguished Theoretical and Philosophical Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Polkinghorne’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Washington University (St. Louis), and graduate degrees from Yale University, Hartford Seminary Foundation, and the Union Graduate Institute. His Ph.D. degree is in psychology. His scholarly specialties are the philosophy of social science, narrative theory, and qualitative research. His published books are An Existential-Phenomenological Approach to Education, Methodology for the Human Sciences, Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences, and Practice and the Human Sciences. His scholarly efforts have attended to the relationship between contemporary philosophical epistemology writings and the production of knowledge in psychology and other human sciences. He has emphasized that the cognitive tools used to understand the physical world have valid, but limited, application in understanding human beings. He has sought to expand the research repertoire used in psychology to include methods specifically designed to attend to the special human characteristics, such as qualitative and narrative approaches. His recent work has focused on the relationship between research-generated knowledge and the practices devoted to the care of people.
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Donald Polkinghorne,. Possibilities for Action : Narrative Understanding: Plenary. Narrative Matters 2014 : Narrative Knowing/Récit et Savoir, Sylvie Patron et Brian Schiff, Jun 2014, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01184505⟩

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