Re: new member

Donald Christie (
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 14:22:19 +0000

Jackie wrote:

>I am a new recruit to PCP. I am doing a PhD and my area of research is
>Special Needs. I will be looking closely at the interaction that occurs
>between child, parent and teacher when the parent first voices their
>concerns to a school. I will be using PCP to establish personal
>constructs, but at the moment I am stuck formulating the questions for the
>parents, given that they need to produce 6 elements.......
>I would welcome all and any help!!!!

Dear Jackie,

Your area of application is an interesting one and entirely appropriate for
PCP approaches. My own inclination here would be to try to elicit elements
from the parents which in turn would enable you to elicit constructs about
LEARNING. Therefore, you might wish to ask parents to think of examples of
learning situations or tasks they are aware of in which their child
responded positively, examples of sitautions which were challenging to
their child. Perhaps you might also include similar questions about
parents' own learning experiences. These should without too much
difficulty yield 6-10 elements which you could use to generate relevant
constructs about learning.

Good luck with your project!


Donald Christie
Senior Lecturer
Department of Educational Studies
University of Strathclyde
Jordanhill Campus
Glasgow G13 1PP
Tel: +44 (0) 141 950 3360 Fax: +44 (0) 141 950 3367