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!

Introduction and orientation to constructivist research

Preamble

We will start with a conundrum: this book was prepared to provide advice and guidance to a diverse audience and yet it is written to meet specific needs of individual researchers, like you. The solution to this puzzle is in the following four sections of this Introduction: ‘What this book is about’, ‘Who should read this book, ‘How this book can help you’ and ‘How to use this book’. The first section summarises the scope and focus of this book, outlining the nature of constructivism as a perspective through which we may explore how people see their world and how their personal perspectives influence their behaviour. The next two sections introduce the purpose of the book, its style ...

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