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!

Cases using different designs


Throughout the preceding chapters we have emphasised the breadth of applications of constructivism and the different tools and techniques that could be used in such research projects. In this chapter we include case studies, each written by different researchers who have designed a particular constructivist research study using those techniques most appropriate to the phenomena they wished to explore and their research objectives.

Figure 11.1 shows, for each case, the nature of the study and techniques applied, to help guide you to those cases that relate closest to your research interests. The 14 cases included are ordered by surname. Most cases are formatted similarly, including the focus and purpose, methodology, findings and the benefits of personal construct psychology. However, the uniqueness ...

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