chapter  5
10 Pages

Productively Confronting Dilemmas in Educational Practice and Research

WithPam Denicolo

One of the frustrating things about espousing a ‘personal construct’ philosophy, or indeed any of a range of phenomenological approaches to research, is that it behoves one to take into account an astounding variety of possible interpretations or alternative constructions of reality. Holding to the tenets of these approaches does not compel one to agree with all the options or to rate them all equally, but it does present an embarras de choix on which to base personal selection to inform decision making. How much easier it would be to return to childlike belief that there is an answer to every problem as long as one conforms to a simple set of rules and obtains the relevant information from experts and books.