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Self-Organised Learning

Foundations of a Conversational Science for Psychology, 1st Edition

By Laurie F. Thomas, Sheila Harri-Augstein


388 pages

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From its foundation in the 1950s by George Kelly, Personal Construct Psychology continued to grow, both as a movement among psychologists and then in industry, education, government and commerce. Originally published in 1985 this title offers a compendium of elaborations and new conversational uses for Kelly’s repertory grid technique. The authors have dramatically transformed the grid from a static measuring instrument to a dynamic tool for a personal exploration of the learning process itself. This grid-based Reflective Learning Technology enables individuals, pairs, groups and organisations to develop their learning in environments of work, family, education and society.

As the originators and best-known practitioners of interactive grids, the authors give the reader an A-Z of these techniques. Case studies include management training, quality control, staff appraisal, job selection, team building, manufacturing, marketing and production as well as learning at a distance, learning to learn in schools, youth training, reading to learn and other learning skills, staff development, social work, counselling and therapy. Their development of a theory of learning conversation and conversational grid software opens up an imaginative, exciting and more humane approach to the use of microcomputers in all forms of education, while at the same time demonstrating the essentially autonomous nature of human learning. Available again after many years out of print, this book is of even greater value today than when first published.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Don Bannister. General Introduction: The Self-Organised Learner and the Repertory Grid 1. The Personal Nature of Self-Organised Learning 2. Introducing the Repertory Grid: Elements and Constructs 3.The Construction of Personal Meaning 4. FOCUSing: The Emergent Pattern 5. Talkback through a FOCUSed Grid 6. Grid Conversations for Achieving Self-Awareness 7. The Space within which Personal Meaning may be Represented 8. A PCP Approach to Perception 9. The Critical Self: Conversational Self-Assessment 10. Grid Conversations for the Sharing of Meaning 11. Groups and Institutions as Personal Learning Systems 12. The Theory and Practice of Conversational Science: Tools for the T-C Practitioner. Grid Tricks: An Accessing System to the CSHL Reflective Learning Technology. Appendix A: Applications of the Repertory Grid. Appendix B: The Centre for the Study of Human Learning. Glossary: The Personal Structure of Meaning of the Authors. Bibliography. Index.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General