A Phenomenological Approach toward The Problems of Squash Referee's Decision Making Experience

스쿼시 심판들이 경험하는 판정어려움에 대한 현상학적 접근

  • Received : 2018.01.02
  • Accepted : 2018.02.20
  • Published : 2018.02.28


The Journal of Digital Policy & Management. This space is for the abstract of your study in EnThis research aims to analyze the difficulties associated with the squash referee's decision by using the phenomenological analysis of Giorgi. With such approach, this paper investigated the fundamental causes of the difficulties of the decision making process of the referee, and then argues the needs for eliminating such causes. Five referees were recruited as the study participants, among the experienced referees with more than 10-year experience and 2nd grade certification, issued by the Korea Squash Federation. The research was conducted between June 2015 and July 2016. Participatory observation, semi-structured in-depth interview. Following Giorgian four-step phenomenological analysis, all transcribed interview data were categorized into three components-'problems from the individual situation', 'problems from the social situation', and 'problems from the circumstantial situation'. Although the referees are one of major factors that determine the success and failure of the game, their working condition is far from the ideal, as observed in the problems above. Therefore, to improve the quality of the judgement, it is most important to reward the referees, who are the subject of the decision, with better economic treatment. Such improvement of the working condition of the referees is also highly related with the reproduction and professionalization of the referees.


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea


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