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Arts Based Research is ideal for students, researchers, and practitioners. This unique book provides a framework for broadening the domain of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences by incorporating the arts as a means of better understanding and rethinking important social issues. In the book's 10 thought-provoking chapters, authors Tom Barone and Elliot W. Eisner--pioneers in the field--address key aspects of arts based research, including its purpose and fundamental ideas, controversies that surround the field and the politics and ethics involved, and key criteria for evaluation.

What is and What is Not Arts Based Research?
What is and what is not arts based research?

All forms of representation, the means through which the contents of our mind are shared with others, are both constrained and made possible by the form one chooses to use. Sound, which reaches its apotheosis in music, makes possible meanings and other forms of experience that cannot be secured in nonmusical forms. The narrative, as rendered through words, makes possible stories and other forms of prose that are not renderable in music. Arts based research is an effort to extend beyond the limiting constraints of discursive communication in order to express meanings that otherwise would be ineffable. Indeed, an examination of the forms of communication employed in the ...

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