Developing constructs


What does the word "construct mean"? The Oxford dictionary defines it as:

As a scientist you need to develop constructs, in your mind, for how you think things work. 
Imagine learning Lego construction through lectures. Lectures are not a good way of acquiring this skill. Much of your undergraduate training was through lecturers. Now you have been given your own Lego construction set and you have to learn how to build something.

This requires reading less and thinking more.


What is a construct in science?

A construct is any useful representation of the inter-relationships between facts.


Why you need constructs in graduate school?  

1. To keep from reading too much.

2. To keep from doing too many experiments.

With time, this process allows you to develop confidence in yourself and your own ideas.

Copyright 1995
Tutis Vilis
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada

Created 28 Sept 1995
Last updated 10 January 2007
Comments welcome: tutis.vilis@schulich.uwo.ca