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.
Helen Kara has been an independent researcher in social care and health since 1999, working with statutory and third sector organisations and partnerships. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the UK National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
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.
“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.
"A window onto some of the most innovative contemporary social research practices...it will reward active readers, new scholars, researchers and those seeking to gain a sense of this dynamic field." LSE Review of Books.
"Kara presents a useful prompt for researchers to infuse creativity into the already creative act of research." Qualitative Research
"Creative Research Methods is a ground-breaking work that will change how engaged scholars think about and practice research." Professor Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University.
"A refreshing and very useful addition to a research methods book...Kara looks at the practical issues, around using ‘non-traditional’ means for disseminating academic content.” Ana Canhoto, Oxford Brookes 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.