Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods

Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods : A Practical Guide to Exploring Personal Meanings

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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!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 15.24mm | 450g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • First Edition
  • 1473930308
  • 9781473930308
  • 1,050,587

Table of contents

Part I: Making decisions based on philosophy, theory and project purpose
Chapter 1: Introduction and orientation to constructivist research
Chapter 2: Understanding the nature of constructivist approaches
Chapter 3: Linking philosophy and theory to research purpose
Chapter 4: Constructing personal realities
Part II: Practicalities of Engaging in Constructivist Research
Chapter 5: Exploring personal realities
Chapter 6: Setting the climate for effective research encounters
Chapter 7: An evaluation of a range of potential research techniques
Chapter 8: An evaluation of a range of potential research designs
Chapter 9: Realities and practicalities in managing fieldwork
Chapter 10: Data analysis, meaning interpretation and management/presentation issues
Part III: How others have used PCP - sample research cases
Chapter 11: Cases using different designs
Chapter 12: Constructive alternatives, psychic mirrors and narrative turns: reflections on a lifetime as a personal construct researcher
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Theoretically rich and provocative of deep reflection in the field to which it is primarily addressed, but equally in any field of enquiry and practice where one works with human beings to enhance their optimal functioning. Yet, eminently practical and with 'Activities' that cannot but challenge habitual modes of meaning-making. -- Bill Warren This book illustrates a perfect connection, through the personal constructs theory, between an epistemological perspective, constructivism, and its possible methods. It is a useful and complete guide for researchers who are interested in exploring both how people construe their world and their personal perspectives as researchers themselves. -- Massimo Giliberto An excellent overview of the issues facing the constructivist researcher. Graduate students will value its helpful handling of the paradigm debate, while the newcomer to constructivist research will receive a solid grounding in constructivist methods that goes beyond the basic grid interview technique. -- Devi Jankowicz This book is a welcome guide to an empirically grounded understanding of the constructivist approach. With its focus on research practice in a multitude of fields, it is of great value both for the budding researcher and the seasoned professional. -- Joern Scheer
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About Pam Denicolo

Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy.
Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series. She was a key contributor to Vitae's development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAA's Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice. She is currently advocate for Graduate Studies at the University of Surrey.
Trevor Long has just completed a part-time PhD in Applied Psychology at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is an Independent Educator and consultant in organisational strategy, leadership and change. He has worked over many years with business schools, including Henley, Warwick, Duke and Cambridge, on MBA and Executive Education programmes, in the United Kingdom, other European countries and further afield, including South Africa, the United States, Caribbean, Middle East and New Zealand. Consultancy projects have included strategic direction, leadership development, change programmes and coaching activities in many different sectors and types of organisation.
Kim Bradley-Cole is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has a PhD in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour from University of Reading, and an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from University of Surrey. Kim retrained as a psychologist after a successful career in FMCG marketing and innovations, working on developing some of Britain's best loved brands, including Heinz, Bisto, Mr Kipling and Twinings. She has held marketing and HR roles in large organisations, as well as working agency side in market research and as a freelance work psychologist and coach. She actively uses constructivist methods in both academic and practitioner contexts and has taught MSc and PhD students how to effectively develop, apply and analyse different tools in their own research. Her PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and used constructivist techniques to bring greater clarity and depth to an important, but contested, theoretical field by exploring managers implicit beliefs of authentic leadership. Kim is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology at University of Surrey, where she teaches organisational psychology and qualitative research methods.
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