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Researching the Arts Therapies : A Dramatherapist's Perspective - Roger Grainger

Researching the Arts Therapies

A Dramatherapist's Perspective


Published: 1st July 1999
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Taking a dramatherapist's perspective, this text looks at methods of researching the arts therapies, and how particular definitions off research affect our understanding and practising of arts therapies. The author divides the approaches into four categories: quantitative research, qualitative research, action research, and art-based research; evaluates these approaches and argues that the theoretical or philosophical understanding of what research actually is has an effect on what we think research can be used for. The text proposes that research always involves a trade-off between two kinds of inaccuracy, numerical and experiential, which correspond to the imprecise fit of the way we think about life and life itself.

With Researching the Arts Therapies Roger Grainger has given arts therapists an easy-to-read yet thought-provoking discussion of how particular definitions of research affect our understanding of and practice of arts therapies. -- Nordic Journal of Art Therapy

Preface. 1. Artists and healers. 2. Researching an arts therapy. 3. The outline of research. 4. The quantative approach. 5. Evaluating therapy by number. 6. The qualitative approach. 7. Action approaches to research. 8. Practitioner-research. 9. Art-based research. 10. A research repetoire. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.

ISBN: 9781853026546
ISBN-10: 1853026549
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25