ERIC Number: ED409367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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The Repertory Grid as a Qualitative Interviewing Technique for Use in Survey Development.
Lambert, Richard; And Others
The Repertory Grid Technique (RGT) is an interviewing and measurement strategy that originated as a methodological component of the Personal Construct Theory of G. Kelly (1955). Because the RGT focuses on internal processes, it can enhance a key informant interview in that the comparisons it requires the respondent to make stimulate connections and offer insights that represent meaningful perceptions and values. Kelly's theory defines personal constructs as the ways in which individuals create templates or patterns in an attempt to make sense of the realities of the world. The RGT is a measurement system designed to elicit the personal construct system. It is useful in survey construction as the grid is constructed. An application of the RGT approach to survey development is presented in the analysis of 189 responses of 26 administrators, teachers, and parents in an evaluation of Head Start programs. Ninety-four codes were established for these responses, which were grouped in to five domains. Making the grid is a complex sorting task in which elements are judged successively on a set of bipolar constructs, so that the grid becomes a multidimensional overlay of elements onto constructs. An appendix contains the rating sheet used for the grid. (Contains two figures and six references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
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