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An investigation of the relationship between the construing of the environment and its physical form

This is a study of the relationships between the physical characteristics of an environment and the way people evaluate it. George Kelly's theory of personal constructs forms the philosophical basis and the experimental work uses a combination of repertory grid, construct laddering, resistance to change, and implication grid techniques, in order to describe the way each informant construed colour photographs of living rooms. A set of 15 colour photographs was used for construct eliciting and 10 of these formed the elements for the repertory grids. These were scored by each informant in terms of constructs which had been personally and separately elicited from him. Principal components analysis, laddering, resistance to change and implication grids identified how the constructs were organised in hierarchical networks. The laddering process established how 'chains' of subordinate constructs relating to one of the photographs which had been preselected, were derived from initially elicited constructs. The principal components analysis enabled relationships to be identified between superordinate constructs and the main parts or factors of each informant's system or evaluation. The implication grids established implicative relationships between super and subordinate constructs whether or not they belonged to the same factor of evaluation or chain of constructs. The physical characteristics of the selected photograph were frequently nominated as subordinate constructs and their relationship with other constructs in the informant's whole network of construing was established by five different kinds of links. In this way an indication may be gained as to the contribution of the physical characteristics of environments to the general way that people evaluate them.
Date January 1972
CreatorsHonikman, Basil Clive
PublisherUniversity College London (University of London)
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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