Trajectory Equifinality Approach (TEA)

[Speaker] Sato, Tatsuya:1
1:Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

The TEA is a new integrated methodology for cultural psychology. Its basic ideas derive from cultural psychology(Valsiner, 2003) and developmental science. The equifinality originates in the Driesch's idea of equifinality on embryology (1898). Equifinality as a research interest is set on any given phenomenon(life experience) and it may be reached in two or more ways. TEA consists of three sub-components(Sato, Yasuda, Kanzaki & Valsiner, 2014). These are the Three Layer Model of Genesis(TLMG), Historically Structured Invitation(HSI) and Trajectory Equifinality Model(TEM). First, TEA proposes to use inviting instead of sampling(HSI). Second, TEA proposes the three layers construction(like Mt. Fuji in Japan) for a dialogical system of self instead of Freud's iceberg model. Lastly, TEM is a methodology for describing life within irreversible time. In this session, important notions of TEA and some researches using TEA are introduced.
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