The paper is a description of a model that can be used for dealing with personal change in one's life. It has applicability to use with a variety of people including in the workplace. IKt also presents a fairly detailed view of the basis for the model, personal construct psychology
Type of Material:
Advanced reference/textbook level presentation of an important school of thought.
A good preparation for personal change counseling (either as a counselor or client); understanding orgnaizaitonal change from a personal perspective; or material for a course dealing with managing personal change. Suggested for leadership classes.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Major learning goals appear to be the personal transition curve, a model for viewing change in life; and personal construct psychology, understanding how others view their world so we can communicate with them more effectively.
Target Student Population:
It could be used for almost any group from community college through graduate school and almost any level of employee. It might have some applicability for high school level practitioners. However, beware of the level of sophistication in the material presented.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Understanding of general psychology prinicples and an understanding of what personal change might entail.
It is well written and supported with active links and reference materials.
The personal transition curve is NOT fully described by the text in the referring main page of this tool. The diagram referred to in the introduction should be identified as ESSENTIAL to understanding the personal transition process. Also, some of the concepts (2003 version of diagram) are NOT discussed in the main text--shouldn't the author be discussing the most recent (2003, not
2000) version of the frameworkl?
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
it provides a fairly concise description of a tool to use when dealing wiht personal change issues.
Could be a very useful tool (if one explores all the links suggested) for helping advanced students understand their own approaches to transition.
How does personal construct theory stack up against other ways of viewing indivisual perception? For example, the theiry of "cognitive frames," is gaining a lot of populatrity in recent years--where does Fisher's approach stand in relation?
It does a fine job of outlining the theories forwarded by the author, but not at holding them up to a comparative light versus other ways of thinking about this topic.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Excellent structure. Links are positioned when and where they would be needed. Excellent references in the end.
Capitalize the section headings--the present format looks unprofessional. Also,
the html could be cleaned up a bit--the fonts were huge on my browser.
These are details. Overall well done.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a very reasonable tool for teachers seeking to provide advanced students with a basic understanding of personal transition theory/issues. If the work were a little more self-critical (i.e.,
compare with other theories--like frames) value-added would increase but the work stands alone quite well in its present form.
Looks like a good paper to support other materials in either couselor education or training for organizaitonal transition couselors.
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