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!

Setting the climate for effective research encounters

Key Points

  • Respect, good manners and ethics
  • Making contact
  • Adopting a facilitating style
  • Negotiating a contract
  • Defining your purpose
  • Language issues
  • Recording and storing data


In Chapter Five we discussed issues related to the very personal nature of our enquiries in the sense that we seek to explore the ways in which people perceive their worlds and how they respond in the light of those perceptions. We emphasised that we need to take care to avoid venturing beyond our remit as researchers, particularly when laddering up to sensitive core constructs. These points have particular salience when considering the climate you establish for eliciting data using tools that are very powerful and incisive whichever technique is employed in the process. The foundation for all good constructivist ...

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