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Organization of Perceptions: Constructivist Theory

Personal Construct Theory

This is an Introduction to the Personal Construct Theory of George Kelly that was written by Vincent Kenny. It provides some background information about Kelly and his theory of how people use constructs to intepret experience.

George Kelly: Personal Constructs of Hostility

You can read George Kelly's Presidential Address given in 1957 to the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. In this address Kelly explains the concept of hostility in terms of personal construct theory. He also provides background details about how he developed his theory. Personal construct theory, he observes, describes the "manner in which a man comes to grips with his world of reality."

George Kelly

George Boeree provides background information about Kelly and explains how personal constructs are developed.

Basic Postulate of Kelly's Personal Construct Theory

This page overviews the basic postulate and eleven corrollary's that comprise Kelly's theory.

Personal Construction Theory and Repertory Grid

Use this page from Brint.com for its introduction to George Kelly and extensive set of resources.

Epistemological Constructivism

Francis Heylighten explains the concept of "radical constructivism" as it was developed by Ernst Glasersfeld. As we form perceptions of our world, knowledge is not passively received through our senses or by way of communication, but is actively built up by the person who forms perceptions. As a result of this, an individual is able to adapt to the world around them and organize experience meaningfully. Perception is thereby less concerned about discovering an objective world, but the world as perceived by the perceiver.

3 C's and a B: Commitment, Competition, Constructivism, & Behaviorism

This is an index of the American Communication Journal for Spring, 2002, with its feature on constructivism.


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