Intro and grid advice

13 Feb 1996 08:48:56 -0500

On 7 Feb 1996 Carolin Kreber wrote,

"... 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??"


Regarding your doubts they are probably realistic. Sixty grids
could take 90 hours to complete and I have found people who could
be construed as obsessional take longer to complete grids than
others. Also unless you have good contacts, getting people to
participate may be a problem and busy people will probably get
interruptions which further slows the process.

I have doubts about the mailing option, even face to face grids
can be complex and I suspect they would take much longer to
complete if someone didn't have a good grasp of what to do. But
why not test this out on an unsuspecting friend or two.

Out of interest how do you intend to analyse 60 grids with common
elements? My comments are not intended to discourage you, but
rather to give an indication of logistic issues which are
involved. Why not conduct a small feasibility study to look at
the time involved but also to test out how useful your data is
whether you can readily analyse it,


Bob Green