Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide

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Policy Press, Apr 10, 2015 - Political Science - 224 pages
With foreword by Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen. Creative research methods can help to answer complex contemporary questions, which are hard to answer using traditional methods alone. Creative methods can also be more ethical, helping researchers to address social injustice. This accessible book is the first to identify and examine the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. Written in a practical and jargon-free style, with over 100 boxed examples, it offers numerous examples of creative methods in practice, from the social sciences, arts, and humanities around the world. Spanning the gulf between academia and practice, this useful book will inform and inspire researchers by showing readers why, when, and how to use creative methods in their research.
 

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Contents

one Introducing creative research
3
two Creative research methods in practice
19
three Creative research methods and ethics
35
four Creative thinking
55
five Gathering data
77
six Analysing data
99
seven Writing for research
121
eight Presentation
137
nine Dissemination implementation and knowledge exchange
161
ten Conclusion
179
Index
213
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Helen Kara has been an independent researcher in social care and health since 1999, working with statutory and third sector organisations and partnerships, and is also an associate research fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author, most recently, of Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners: A Time-Saving Guide, also published by Policy Press.

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