The fact that almost all of our research projects were carried through successfully, whilst increasing our understanding, seems to have resulted from three early discoveries:
- The usefulness of deciding that we would work with the ‘subjects’ of our studies, thus treating them as mostly non-paying, but fully informed ‘clients’ of what we were doing; rather than as uncomprehending ‘subjects’ of our experiments.
- The way in which the M.A.P. form of describing human activity, gave both us and our clients some very useful insights into what was going on.
- The idea of differentiating five Types of Personal Meaning: ROTE, COHERENT, EXPLANATORY, CONSTRUCTIVE and CREATIVE (which we explain in more detail in the Theory Building section) gave us all, more insight into what was going on than our earlier ‘psychological experimental?’ experience and even the M.A.P. alone studies had lead us to expect.
So we have agreed among ourselves that we would only provide just enough examples in this section to illustrate what we are offering: but to provide two forms of guide to the C.S.H.L publications section where very detailed reports explain our enthusiasm. Given that, we have therefore divided this section into two parts:-
“THREE SOURCES OF POSITIVE RESULTS”
Which divides into three types:-
- GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROJECTS
- BUSINESS FUNDED PROJECTS
- ‘Ph.D. and M.Phil.’ RESEARCH PROJECTS
“THREE FORMS OF POSITIVE RESULTS”
INTRODUCTION (based on the M.A.P categorisation)
- MORE RELEVANT PERSONAL MEANING: ‘M’
- IMPROVEMENT FROM ACHIEVED ACTIVITY: ‘A’
- BETTER RECOGNITION OF RESULTS: ‘P’