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Student Paper Award Winner
10, Issue 2 (Fall 2006)
of Heather Hardison
Heather Hardison is a graduate student at the University of
I am honored to receive the 2006 Constructivist Psychology
Network Student Paper Award for my paper, Constructivist
Assessment: Numerical and Narrative Convergence across Measures.
Having this work acknowledged by the members of this
organization confirms the significance of this research as well
as the contribution to constructivism that I hope this study
will have in the future. I am very proud that this study was the
first to evaluate the reliability of cognitive complexity
measures such as laddering interviews and self-characterization
sketches. This study was also the first to explore how the
laddering and self-characterization measures converged with each
other and with repertory grids. I am hoping that this study will
(a) encourage researchers to consider using the complexity and
self-esteem measures evaluated in this study, (b) help lend more
insight into what cognitive complexity measures assess, and (c)
help reveal useful information about the individuals we assess.
Based on the remarkable reliability established in this study, I
encourage clinicians to take full advantage of laddering
interviews and self-characterizations as reliable assessment
Thank you again for this great honor and recognition.
~ Heather Gaines Hardison
Heather Hardison celebrates her
student paper award during
Jay Efran's magic show.