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Ordinal relationships between constructs

Butt, Trevor (1995) Ordinal relationships between constructs. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 8 (3). pp. 227-236. ISSN 1072-0537

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Abstract

The concept of ordination, that is, the hierarchical organization of constructions ranging from more peripheral to more central dimensions of meaning, is examined. The process of laddering is focused on as a technique for accessing superordinate constructs. It is argued that laddering frequently does not produce constructs that qualify as superordinate and that this problem reflects a misconception of construct systems as cognitive entities that control behavior. An alternative understanding of personal construct theory as a theory of social action is advocated as better suited to its central task-helping people to reconstrue their lives. The implications for investigating construing in the light of this interpretation are examined

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008 12:47
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2008 12:47
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2946

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