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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Direct matrix ranking (DMR) in Highland Papua New Guinea

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Direct matrix ranking (DMR) in Highland Papua New Guinea Robin Mearns Introduction on personal construct theory, which as Robert Chambers pointed out, gets complicated and difficult. But strip away the labels like `mental Tools like direct matrix ranking (DMR) become honed down, improved and simplified constructs' and `semantic differentials', and over time, which is a very good thing. Reading what you are left with is basically DMR, or so Robert Chambers' piece on DMR in Kenya I had thought. and West Bengal (RRA Notes No.1), I was struck by how much simpler the technique Other applications of repertory grid analysis in the context of rural livelihoods in the South sounded than the one I used in the Southern include: Highlands of Papua New Guinea. However, the participatory learning process of eliciting the matrices in each case was very similar. · investigation of the utilities by which farmers evaluate common weeds and local My objectives were: rice varieties in West Africa (Paul Richards); · · To compare a formal, `scientific' land farmers' choice of crops in the Gezira, evaluation with local people's own Sudan (John Briggs); evaluation of the same land resources; · small ...

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