I would just like to relay some aspects of PCT I am grapping with in the
application of PCT famework to the controlled variable's people have in
psychical places(e.g.living units of Juvenile Justice facilities. Hopefully I
can make some sense in trying to convey my delima.
This is all pilot stuff. I have tried to interview people to identify the
controlled variable( what they want is important in the place....later in
method I offer a hypothetical disturbance to see if it is controlled), their
perceptions of it and the output signals they use to control it.
I am looking at what they are trying to control at a Principle level such as
privacy, freedom, etc. What I am finding is people represent principle level
goals as behaviour programs... Then when I try to get them to say what they do
to control their perception(Output)to achieve privacy they say the behavoiur
program looking oddly at me like it is the same question.
I propose once I can identify what they are trying to control I am providing
hypothetical disturbances to what they are controlling, such as proposing a
rule change occurs, or staff interfer, or a chnage in physical design through a
photo of a different design of the place.
My questions are .... Are princple level controlled variables represented as
behaviour program variables. I have an feeling they are and that you all know
this, but I think I need confirmation?
Are there any interview formats of 'the test' which have been used to assess
Behaviour Program, Principle Level and Concept Levels in environments (Its a
bit hard to simulate these places)?
Does what I am doing make sense from the world of PCT?
This is all quite schratchy at the moment, and but hopefully I can develop it
up to something through piloting and a better understanding of the theory.
If possible I will post a bit more when I do some more piloting.
Department of Architecture
University of Sydney
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