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'A triple hermeneutic?: Levels of interpretation in qualitative data gathering with AAC users'

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There are a number of features of collecting data and exploring experiences that have been described in the literature that raise additional questions and dilemmas in the context of AAC users. These features relate both to the literature on data collecting and research which has examined variables around the use of AAC devices. With respect to the former, phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to data collection and analysis rely heavily on communication, on the intent behind the communication, and on teasing out meanings of which participants might not always be aware. The communication is taken for granted, as is the availability of a means for detecting and repairing miscommunication, and negotiating the meanings that emerge from the communication. In relation to the latter, communication with AAC users places demands on the communication partner, that may require from them a level of interpretation that needs to occur before the meanings within the communication can be examined. These features have implications for the nature of what is being jointly examined by the researcher and participant, and consequently what is learned through the research interview transaction. The purpose of this poster will be to examine these features and their implications, and to offer some thoughts about ways of incorporating them in future research.


Ria Bayliss    
Cardiff Metropolitan University
United Kingdom

Calum Delaney    
Cardiff Metropolitan University
United Kingdom


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