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Arts Based Research

Arts Based Research

March 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Arts Based Research is ideal for students, researchers, and practitioners. This unique book provides a framework for broadening the domain of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences by incorporating the arts as a means of better understanding and rethinking important social issues. In the book's 10 thought-provoking chapters, authors Tom Barone and Elliot W. Eisner--pioneers in the field--address key aspects of arts based research, including its purpose and fundamental ideas, controversies that surround the field and the politics and ethics involved, and key criteria for evaluation.

1. What Is and What Is Not Arts Based Research?
2. Why Do Arts Based Research?
Arts Based Research Example I: ?Notes From a Marine Biologist?s Daughter?
3. Yes, But Is It Research?
4. Who Can Do Arts Based Research?
5. Who Can Be the Audience for Arts Based Research?
Arts Based Research Example II: ?Broken & Buried in Arkansas?
6. Can Arts Based Research Be Fictive?
7. How Might Arts Based Research Be Both Political and Ethical?
Arts Based Research Example III: ?Ways of Being at Risk"
8. What are Some Criteria for Assessing Arts Based Research?
9. Is There a Place for Theory in Arts Based Research?
10. What Are Some Fundamental Ideas from Arts Based Research?
Additional Readings
About the Authors

Stimulating read which helps students to tease out relationships between arts and experiencing, arts as a means of discovery and the potential uses of arts based research as a form of social inquiry

Ms Briege Casey
School of Nursing, Dublin City University (DCU)
November 29, 2012

good resource for students and researchers considering alternative methods

Professor Aletta Delport
Education , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
October 17, 2012

I am currently using this book with 3rd year Research Methods students. Its a good alternative to other more traditional types of research methods books

Ms Julie Lawrence
Social Work, Salford University
September 6, 2012

I will recommend it to my musicology colleagues. It is not aimed at music education specifically.

Dr Liesl Van der Merwe
School of Music, North-West University
September 6, 2012

This book has been enlightening and thought-provoking. I will recommend it to students interested in considering what counts as research and its relationship to the arts.

Dr Pamela Woolner
Education, Newcastle University
August 21, 2012

This is an excellent text for anyone considering more artistic ways of presenting their data. A particular example is most memorable: the use of poetry to present a participants experience. This is an important text adding to the field of creativity in research.

Dr Rachel Taylor
Children's Nursing, London South Bank University
May 2, 2012

Recommended for those interested in arts based and creative research methods. Covers methods neglected in other research methods texts.

Ms Nisrin AlTabba
Dept of Education, North Lindsey College
April 26, 2012

Very useful for student doing research in Restorative Justice that used art for forgiveness.

Ms Bev Orton
Criminology & Sociological Studies, Hull University
December 6, 2011

I have a master's student in fine arts who is going conducting an Directed study with me and using this book as a foundation for his work.

Dr JoLee Sasakamoose
Faculty of Education, University of Regina
November 9, 2011

A text that makes a definitive argument for art based research and justifies our raison d'etre. It is a contemporary and timely book with very useful examples that give the research context. New media and traditional forms are all covered.

Dr Iain Macdonald
School of Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University
November 2, 2011
Key features

Key Features

  • Three examples of arts based social research are included to ground some of the book's more abstract notions.
  • The place of theory in arts based research is investigated.
  • Additional Readings direct readers to other resources, including a wide range of examples of arts based social research.
  • The ways that arts based research prompts the re-imagining of dimensions of the social world is explored.

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