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The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stag

Repertory Grids: An Interactive, Case-Study Perspective
Repertory grids: An interactive, case-study perspective
Jonathan A.Smith

The repertory grid was devised by George Kelly (1955a, 1955b) as a method for tapping into the way an individual perceives or constructs her or his personal and social world. Kelly was concerned to find a method which was phenomenological, idiographic and yet quantitative: phenomenological (Giorgi, 1995) in that it would attempt to capture the participant's own perceptions and constructs, idiographic (Smith et al., 1995a) in that those individual responses would not be lost in a statistical averaging exercise. The repertory grid is not therefore a new method, although its use tends to be marginal within mainstream psychology. Because it is not new and there are already a number of useful introductions and ...

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