Methodological challenges from a perspective of net of meanings

Maria Clotilde Rossetti-Ferreira Kátia de Souza Amorim Ana Paula Soares-Silva Zilma de Moraes Ramos de Oliveira About the authors

This work seeks to clarify some of the assumptions of the theoretical-methodological perspective known as Net of Meanings which was initially used to investigate human development and lately has been incorporated into studies about education, health, and other subjects. Specifically, the text looks into methodological issues arising from its appropriation, as well as from the referentials with which this perspective holds a dialogue. Starting from the contextualization of paradigms which includes the phenomena in their complexity, in their transformation processes and that are systematically constituted by multiple dimensions, the challenges the researcher comes across are discussed in the analysis of the set of elements of personal, relational, and contextual order which interacts in the reality being investigated. Our assumption is that there is a need for a dialectical approach that contemplates the description of a micro history of the processes which can be interpreted from a semiotics perspective and which takes into account the most comprehensive conditions of culture and history. The relationship between the subject-object of the observation/investigation and the active role played by the researcher, who is seen as a toolmaker in the empirical studies, is also discussed.


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