Chapter 14Repertory grids
Repertory Grid Technique (RGT) derives from
Personal Construct Psychology. The technique aims to understand
how participants view objects, events, or people chosen as a
kind of thematic sample by comparing them against each other,
revealing the participant’s constructs. After introducing the
“fundamental postulate” and corollaries developed by its
founder, George Kelly, the chapter explores how this technique
may be applied in the field of SLA or language education. After
discussing how this highly adaptable technique has been used,
the chapter shows how researchers can gain qualitative and
quantitative data on research questions relating to change over
time or how different members of a group perceive a phenomenon.
Although this technique presents some challenges for
generalization, the chapter concludes by showing how data may be
analyzed and used productively.
- 2.Theoretical foundations
- 3.Methodological orientation
- 3.1Principles and affordances
- 3.2Types of RQs addressed by repertory grid
- 3.3Procedures of data collection and analysis
- 3.4Ethical issues
- 4.Critiques and responses
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