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!

Data analysis, meaning interpretation and management/presentation issues

Key Points

  • Repertory grid analysis
    • Manual analysis
    • Manual focusing
    • Sum of differences
    • Content analysis of grids from groups
    • Computer analysis
    • Single grids – cluster analysis
    • Multiple grids – cluster analysis
    • Interpreting and explaining grid data
  • Analysing elicited texts
    • Formatting transcripts for analysis
    • Selecting the appropriate analytical lens
    • Grounded theory
    • Interpretative phenomenological analysis
    • Thematic analysis
    • Computer analysis
  • Managing the wealth of data
  • Presenting your data


Much of the purpose of constructivist assessment methods … is to help reveal the meanings behind the words, the deeper themes between the lines of the stories [individuals] tell themselves and us. (Neimeyer, 2009: 9)

Personal constructivist methods can deliver rich research results because they enable researchers to go deeper than quantitative surveys and broader and deeper than qualitative interviews. Their abstract nature is valuable for surfacing peoples’ implicit beliefs ...

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