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!

An evaluation of a range of potential research techniques

Key Points

  • Adopting constructivist methods
  • Conducting a repertory grid study
    • Generating elements
    • Eliciting the constructs
    • Completing the grid
  • Using mapping methods
    • Relational mapping methods
    • Eco-maps
    • Bow-tie interviews
    • Illuminative incident analysis
    • Concept mapping with card sorts
  • Using storytelling or narrative methods
    • Self-characterisation sketch
    • Mirror time
    • Blind date
    • Metaphors
    • Role drawings
    • The lying game
    • Interview about instances
    • Rivers of experience/snakes

Introduction: Adopting constructivist methods

We now discuss various tools and techniques that can be used in a research study. We emphasise that there is no single best method for doing constructivist research and that some techniques are better suited to some purposes and/or participants than others, as we shall note as we describe them. Several tools and techniques have evolved over many years and we share these with you so that you can assess their ...

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