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The use of personal documents in psychological science

Author: Gordon W Allport
Publisher: New York, NY : Social Science Research Council, 1942, repr. 1947.
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"The present volume records one of a series of steps taken or planned by the Committee on Appraisal of Research of the Social Science Research Council in carrying out its mandate to appraise research in discharging "the Council's responsibility for the improvement of the quality of research in the social sciences." Furthermore, the committee, its mandate later having received a broader construction, is carrying on,
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon W Allport
OCLC Number: 122331822
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2005. Available via the World Wide Web.
Description: xix, 210 pages
Other Titles: PsycBOOKS.
Responsibility: prepared for the Committee on Appraisal of Research.

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"The present volume records one of a series of steps taken or planned by the Committee on Appraisal of Research of the Social Science Research Council in carrying out its mandate to appraise research in discharging "the Council's responsibility for the improvement of the quality of research in the social sciences." Furthermore, the committee, its mandate later having received a broader construction, is carrying on, as a part of its appraisal of the use of personal documents, what might be called experiments in method. It has been arranged that the same selected collection of personal documents be made the basis for scientific conclusions by two or more investigators working separately and independently. The committee believes Dr. Allport's monograph to be a penetrating and significant review of its subject. Indeed the work does more than justify its title, for the reader will find an examination of methodological questions that stand large not only in psychology but in all the social sciences"--Foreword.

"Our survey and evaluation are based upon a reading and analysis of the investigational and critical literature in the field of personal documents. The personal document may be defined as any self-revealing record that intentionally or unintentionally yields information regarding the structure, dynamics, and functioning of the author's mental life. It may record the participant's view of experiences in which he has been involved; it may devote itself deliberately to self-scrutiny and self-description; or it may be only incidentally and unwittingly self-revealing. Defined in this way, personal documents comprise only one class of case study materials"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved).

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