Creative research methods can help to answer complex contemporary questions which are hard to answer using conventional methods alone. Creative methods can also be more ethical, helping researchers to address social injustice.
This bestselling book, now in its second edition, is the first to identify and examine the five areas of creative research methods:
• arts-based research
• embodied research
• research using technology
• multi-modal research
• transformative research frameworks.
Written in an accessible, practical and jargon-free style, with reflective questions, boxed text and a companion website to guide student learning, it offers numerous examples of creative methods in practice from around the world. This new edition includes a wealth of new material, with five extra chapters and over 200 new references. 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.
Creative Research Methods has been cited over 500 times.
“Inviting the researcher to make the research process attractively creative, Kara extends the scope of the western research tradition, while simultaneously demonstrating rapid growth in the creative research sphere.” Chats Devroop, University of KwaZulu-Natal
"Thank goodness for Helen Kara's work. Written in an easily accessible style, Kara tells it like it is and guides her readers beyond her own text to further reading and exploration. In terms of getting bang for one's buck, this is exactly what a second edition should be - substantively re-worked from the first edition, with considerable new content and chapters." Sharon Inglis, Staffordshire University
"A really insightful book with broad coverage of creative methods, an excellent 'go to' text for students who are considering using creative research methods. I find particularly valuable the inclusion of reflective questions at the end of each chapter, this will encourage students to think about the applications of what they are reading in their own project contexts." Louise Gascoine, Durham University
“In this important volume, Kara provides insight and inspiration regarding ways that we can imagine, create, and emancipate through research methods that take seriously contributions from art, indigenous approaches, and embodiment. Readers will benefit from the book's comprehensive coverage, numerous activities, and core examples to guide practice.” Sarah J. Tracy, Arizona State University
“This is a beautifully crafted one-stop-shop of a book - encyclopaedic in its coverage of creative methods, carefully structured for usability and filled with live examples which provide real world source material for students, academics and practitioners.” Alastair Roy, University of Central Lancashire
“I am excited to see this book in its Second Edition, which builds on the strengths of the first, but expands the matters of creative research methods much further. As with the first edition, the many concrete examples from research projects make this a practical guide for beginner-researchers and an inspiration for the more experienced researchers and research-practitioners. This book is for the 'compulsory' reading list on all research methods modules, and a staple for all social sciences researchers’ personal libraries.”
Nicole Brown, UCL Institute of Education
Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and specialises in research methods and ethics. She is the author of Research and Evaluation for Busy Students and Practitioners: A Time-Saving Guide (Policy Press, 2nd ed. 2017) and Research Ethics in the Real World: Euro-Western and Indigenous Perspectives (Policy Press, 2018). Helen is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Introducing Creative Research
Creative Research Methods in Practice
Transformative Research Frameworks and Indigenous Research
Creative Research Methods and Ethics
Arts-Based and Embodied Data Gathering
Technology-Based and Multi-Modal Data Gathering
Arts-Based and Embodied Data Analysis
Technology-Based and Multi-Modal Data Analysis
Arts-Based and Embodied Research Reporting
Technology-Based and Multi-Modal Research Reporting
Arts-Based and Embodied Presentation
Technology-Based and Multi-Modal Presentation
From Research Into Practice