Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods
A Practical Guide to Exploring Personal Meanings
- Pam Denicolo - Consultant on Doctoral Education and Training
- Trevor Long - Independent educator
- Kim Bradley-Cole - University of Surrey, UK
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!
Sample Materials & Chapters
Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods: Constructing personal realities