Key need 1 Learning how to creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an important component of most forms of therapy training. This level of self-awareness is, however, often neglected in research, despite the centrality of the researcher to their work.

Concluding Remarks

Concluding remarks

This summary chapter offers some concluding remarks and reflections on the overall content of the book.

  • Dialectics
  • Reflection
  • Dialogue
  • Critical engagement
  • Pre-conceptions
  • Five variants of reflexivity
  • Research networks

Typical for practice-based research is its ‘situatedness’ and that it takes place in offices, hospitals, factories and other ‘un-laboratory’-like contexts. It is often conducted by an ‘insider’. Practice-based research is, in this sense, never conducted in a vacuum. It has been argued that our interest, methodological approach, critical engagement with literature as well as personal relationships with research participants influence the way we research and will impact the outcome. Rather than seeing subjectivity as an obstacle, reflexivity suggests that we use reflections around our own reactions and experiences as part of the findings. Age, social background, nationality and prior emotional experiences ...

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