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!

Constructive alternatives, psychic mirrors and narrative turns: reflections on a lifetime as a personal construct researcher

Constructive alternatives, psychic mirrors and narrative turns: reflections on a lifetime as a personal construct researcher

Introduction

To construe is to hear the whisper of the recurrent themes in the events that reverberate around us. (Kelly, 1991a: 54)

This is only one of the many metaphorical ways in which George Kelly wrote about his theory of personal constructs. What follows is my story of how I first engaged with his ideas and the 45-year journey thereafter. Inevitably the telling of the story is selective, but it does include reference to people, their research and events which have had special meaning and influenced the trajectory of my life as a constructivist researcher. In so doing the reader will get a glimpse of particular socio-historic contexts within which ...

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