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Jones, John V., A constructivist approach to the Thematic Apperception Test.
Doctor of Philosophy (Counseling Education), August, 1996, 287 pp., references, 198
The purpose of this study is to explore the possibility of interpreting the Thematic
Apperception Test (TAT) in constructivist terms. This research project involved a
qualitative approach, focusing on abductive discovery and phenomenological critique.
From constructivist theory, the core ordering processes of reality, identity, power, value,
and relatedness were used to interpret a subject's TAT narratives. The author of the study
chose one subject from the three with which he worked to present a case study.
Chapter One of the research project reviews the literature of both TAT studies and
constructivist theory. The author first discussed reliability and validity studies involving
the TAT. Second, the author discussed constructivist theory, focusing on its philosophical
antecedents and its theoretical framework.
Chapter Two of the project establishes the methods and procedures utilized during
the project. The core ordering processes as taken from constructivist theory are defined
and discussed in detail.
Chapter Three represents the bulk of the study, presenting the results and
discussion of the results. Following a discussion of the results, the author critiqued the
results, and based on the critique discussed procedural changes and implications for future
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Jones, John V. (John Victor). A Constructivist Approach to the Thematic Apperception Test, dissertation, August 1996; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279008/m1/3/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .