TRANSPORTATION-RELATED CONSTRUCTS OF ACTIVITY SPACES OF SMALL TOWN RESIDENTS

This paper first discusses the nature of the space which people in small urban areas use for recurrent activities. It is postulated that most work on the individual's activity space is founded on a classical geometric conception of place. An alternative cognitive definition is proposed. Places which are used for such purposes as shopping or recreation are described by learned bundles of meanings (constructs) given a transportation system permitting movement within space. Recent modifications of Kelly's personal construct theory are used to demonstrate the cognitive definition of place, with data from a sample of 31 university students. It is suggested that elicited transportation-related constructs of places can be utilized to develop improved models of behavior within urban activity spaces.

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    University of Texas, Austin

    Council for Advanced Transportation Studies
    Austin, TX  USA  78712

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Burnett, P
    • Betak, J
    • Chang, D
    • Enders, W
    • Montemayor, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094026
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR-18, DOT/TST-75/135
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30093
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM