Frame or Cage? The Repertory Grid in Research on Teacher Cognitions

Year: 1986

Author: Robson, Maurice

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The paper reports on the application of the Repertory Grid Technique to a study of teaching thinking about their students and explores issues in the use of the methodology.

Whilst the use of the repertory grid, as a means of investigating teacher and student thinking, has attracted a growing following of users, its use has also generated some debate about the potential of the grid to enhance perspectives on teaching. This paper argues that the problem lies in the interpretation of the grid and the extent to which the subjects of research are involved in that process of interpretation.