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Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

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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Table of Contents

Introducing creative research; Creative research methods in practice; Creative research methods and ethics; Creative thinking; Gathering data; Analysing data; Writing for research; Presentation; Dissemination, implementation and knowledge exchange; Conclusion.

About the Author

Dr Helen Kara has been an independent social researcher in social care and health since 1999, working with statutory and third sector organisations and partnerships, and is also Associate Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham University. She is on the Board of the UK's Social Research Association, with lead responsibility for research ethics. She also teaches research methods to practitioners and students, writes on research methods and is author of the highly successful Research and evaluation for busy practitioners (Policy Press 2012).


"Creative Research Methods is a ground-breaking work that will change how engaged scholars think about and practice research." Dr Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University "Helen Kara's accessible book is a treasure trove addressing every aspect of the creative research process - inspiration for students, teachers and practitioners of methods grappling with how best to investigate complex social worlds." Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton "Forever contrasting with traditional research methods Kara demonstrates with engaging and useful examples that there is a remarkable amount of scope for creativity in unlocking the worlds we research." Martin Tolich, Otago University, New Zealand

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