This book provides a comprehensive overview of personal construct psychology (PCP) that will help researchers understand the why’s, what’s and how’s of conducting a rigorous constructivist research project. From the theoretical underpinnings of constructivist approaches to the practical values of these techniques, these three expert authors explain how to conduct interpretative, constructivist research from inception to completion. Key topics include:  • Understanding research philosophies and paradigms  • Constructing and exploring personal realities  • Establishing effective research procedures  • Evaluating grids, mapping, narrative and other research methods  • Managing the practicalities of fieldwork  • Analysing and presenting data With activities and procedural examples from a wide range of disciplines woven throughout the text and two special chapters featuring in-depth case studies from a variety of constructivist researchers, this book helps readers grasp the tools, designs, and opportunities of interpretative research. An essential companion for both researchers and practitioners looking to understand people’s values, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, or motivations!

Realities and practicalities in managing fieldwork

Key Points

  • Selecting your research topic
  • Depth versus breadth
  • Personal involvement
  • Initial exploration
  • The real phenomena
  • Research stakeholders; building relationships
  • Engaging participants
  • Integrity and care
  • Payment
  • Research venue and equipment
  • Recording, transcription and analysis of data


The many publications on how to do research provide important insights, but there is nothing quite like being on your own in the driving seat of your research study to develop those personal and technical skills to carry it out most effectively, safely and ethically. As with learning to drive a car, the lessons are critical but it is only once we have passed the test and are set loose on the road that we really learn to drive.

In this chapter we move from principles of effective research to explore tips and considerations relating ...

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