Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies: Practical Guide

Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies: Practical Guide

Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies: Practical Guide

Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies: Practical Guide

Synopsis

"Are you about to write a dissertation for an MA in an arts therapy? Is your workplace pressuring you to do research on your practice? Do you fancy trying your hand at a bit of research without any pressure from anyone?" "This book begins at the beginning. Ansdell and Pavlicevic hold your hand and give you plenty of hints and tips while you prepare your funding proposal or research project. They help you think about your title, structure your research questions and aims, and prepare to collect, organize and analyze your research data. Moreover, you're not alone! Franz and Suzie have their own projects which you're invited to follow with opportunities to learn about the nitty-gritty of tables, pie-charts, data transcription, data presentation - and supervisors who toss off clever, useless bits of advice. Beginning Research in the Arts Therapies is recommended to all arts therapies practitioners: students, researchers, and those clinicians who simply want to 'keep up' with research literature without 'doing it for themselves'." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Perhaps you've picked this book up out of an interest in researching your work. More likely it's out of panic! You may need to research a dissertation for your ma course; or your current or potential employer has demanded that you write a research report to 'evaluate your work'. If your motivation is 'panic' that's fine by us.

Be reassured straight away that a certain amount of panic is only to be expected if you've trained primarily as a practitioner in an arts therapy and suddenly find, for whatever reason, you need to do research. the image of research is, we admit, daunting. the reality is, however, more manageable – as we hope to show. This book has developed from our own experiences of beginning research and of teaching students beginning theirs. We know that it can be embarrassing to ask professional colleagues about the real basics, to admit you don't know how to search the literature or use a database, that you confuse 'quantitative' with 'qualitative' or don't know a Chi-square from a cheesecake!

We've therefore set out to explain the process of 'beginning research' in four stages, outlining what you need to plan, know and do. To lighten what could become a rather dull text we've added a subplot: the research adventures of art therapist Franz Mozarella and music therapist Suzie Kaftan. Franz has to provide an evaluation report on his work for his boss while Suzie has to write a dissertation for her ma. We follow them through the triumphs and travails of the research process – and also see how their supportive relationship develops… But don't treat it too literally – perhaps the pair also represent a developing allegorical relationship between words and numbers, thought andfeeling, art and science, Apollo and Dionysus… . . .

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