Introduction and request for advice

Carolin Kreber (ckreber@dewey.ed.BrockU.CA)
Wed, 7 Feb 1996 17:16:08 -0500 (EST)


I joined the list recently and I understand that "newcomers"
usually introduce themselves to other list members? I will make my
introduction short.

As an instructional development professional at Brock University in
St. Catharines Ontario, I am very much interested in faculty's implicit
theories, or personal constructs, about teaching and learning (or academic
work--the latter is the subject of my dissertation I'm currently working on).

Perhaps rather than going on talking about myself I could ask for some
advice on my study?? I would greatly appreciate any comments and
suggestions you are willing to make.

Experienced and less experienced faculty will complete a repertory grid
with fifteen supplied elements. Constructs will be elicited from
respondents on the basis of twenty randomly selected triads. They will
rate each element (on a scale from 1 to 5) successively on each construct.
This will yield 300 data points per respondent. Respondents will be from
various Canadian research universities.

In theory this project sounds quite feasible, doesn't it? However, I
have been getting some doubts recently. It
seems to me that the process of completing the grid is very time-consuming and
I am no longer sure whether faculty will actually take the time and
complete the grid for me (and I will need at least thirty faculty in each
group). Does anybody have some experience with administering
the grid "by mail" and could give me some advice in terms of how the
process could be made easier, quicker, etc??

I'd greatly appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for "listening",

Carolin Kreber
Instructional Development Office
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1

Phone: 905 688 5550 (#3933)