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Chapter 9: Is There a Place for Theory in Arts Based Research?

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Is There a Place for Theory in Arts Based Research?
Is there a place for theory in arts based research?

One does not normally associate arts based research with deep theoretical conceptions. Is this “neglect” justified? Is arts based research an a-theoretical enterprise? To answer that question, we first need to be clear about the meaning of theory in any enterprise. We think it is useful to draw a distinction between theory as an effort to account for some set of empirical relationships and theory as an effort to give an account of the world as it is. Most of what we have talked about in this book thus far has pertained to descriptive efforts to make vivid what one had not noticed. Can nondiscursive forms ...

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