Re: Enquire Within Hints

j.Maxwell Legg (
Sun, 11 Apr 1999 18:18:52 +1200

John Mayes wrote:
> List members might like to know that the following Repertory Grid
> elicitation hints, prepared by Valerie Stewart, are at
> <>
> 5. Alternative Strategies for Construct Elicitation


Tell Valerie that I agree that your strategies work for psychological
purposes such as PCT but they don't for the majority of grid
applications. Because your strategies are basic and a good introduction
to the discipline it must not be overlooked that in dealing with real
situations the calculus of that situation is implicit and can be taken
as a given in most cases. For example, there is much evidence for a
cognitive algebra of sorts and in merely questioning a person this
algebra will display its emergent tendencies.

Can I assume the stock questions that you earlier mentioned to Jonathon
Lee for use in laddering are a part of Enquire Within? I'd like to know
whether this type of questioning can be derived from partially
structured grids? In other words can grids be restructured to fit the
statistical dragnet of cognitive algebra? Or, is the method of
construction vital from the outset; - as witnessed by the emphasis on
purpose and contract.

I ask these questions to address this contract issue which has been
subtly raised on a number of occasions. One could suspect that a
contract is needed to avoid breeches that could lead the client into the
territory of the boogie man and subrosa politics.

I think laddering up or down would be easier if there was less emphasis
on contract. In proposing the popular WinGrid client software model
(ingrid99 for windows) I'm suggesting that the client has been
acquainted with the risks and internet surprises that are involved when
linking to a construct server such as Enquire Within.

Am I making myself clear, or would you like a more graphic description?

PS. I first went to your site of helpful hints and found the 7 unipolar
alternative strategies for construct elicitation. First I used them as
grid elements and measured them by 7 sample purposes that you might use
grid technique for. My own personal learning style is such that I used
none of your strategies to perform the scoring. I did notice it was
unusual that I scored down instead of across. At this point I transposed
the grid and proceeded to add contrasting poles to your 7 strategies. My
point is that with experience and a robust averaging model you can
tackle grids any way you want.

"All roads lead to Rome," is an apt saying.