Dance/Movement Therapists in Action fosters awareness of the living body, honors diverse ways of working, and leads toward creative expression and integration.
This edited text, written by authors with exemplary credentials, spans and illuminates a breadth of investigative inquiry approaches and models to all students, clinicians, and researchers interested in dance/movement therapy (DMT) research. The text highlights two basic research frameworks—quantitative (objective) and qualitative (interpretative)—including their underlying philosophic and theoretical tenets.
The authors’ goal has been to create a comprehensible, accessible book that is readable and engaging: one that contains accepted research protocols in conjunction with practical information written in "nontechnical" terms. Many examples are incorporated throughout the text to clarify and amplify each of the various research options. A spectrum of research alternatives are presented that can inform clinical practice, inspire clinicians and students, and guide further research inquiry.
These chapters hold a wealth of information and examples that will be of particular use and interest to clinicians and were conceived and written with practitioners in mind—for example, one featuring the use of movement observation scales for DMT research and clinical practice, and one on using research results to inform clinical practice. A completely new chapter on embodied descriptive and interpretive methods in DMT research also has been added. This volume will afford dance/movement therapists the tools to conduct research related to both clinical practice and academic inquiry.
Now in an updated third edition, Dance Movement Therapists in Action is an anthology of essays written by a diversity of expert authors about research in dance/movement therapy. Although research protocols are followed meticulously, the writings are designed to be practical and accessible, not requiring technical background to clearly understand. Individual essays include "Embodying Difference: Addressing Diversity and Social Justice in Dance/Movement Therapy Research", "Issues of Validity and Reliability in the Use of Movement Observations and Scales", "How to Mix Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in a Dance/Movement Therapy Research Project", and much more. Dance Movement Therapists in Action is an welcome addition to public and college library physical therapy shelves, highly recommended.
James A. Cox / Midwest Book Review / December 2018
Table of contents:
Foreword by Joan Chodorow
1. Different Conceptualizations of Research: A Reader’s Guide to This Text
-Cynthia F. Berrol & Robyn Flaum Cruz
2. What’s Research Got to Do with It?
-Robyn Flaum Cruz & Cynthia F. Berrol
SECTION 2—TRADITIONAL METHODS AND RESEARCH CONSIDERATIONS
3. The Expanding options of Experimental Research Design in Dance/Movement Therapy
-Cynthia F. Berrol
4. Issues of Validity and Reliability in the Use of Movement Observations and Scales
-Robyn Flaum Cruz & Sabine C. Koch
5. The Case Study
-Harris Chaiklin, Sharon Chaiklin, & Sherry W. Goodill
6. Single-Subject Designs in Clinical Dance/Movement Therapy Research
-Sherry W. Goodill & Robyn Flaum Cruz
SECTION 3—INTERPRETIVE METHODS AND RESEARCH CONSIDERATIONS
7. Embodying Difference: Addressing Diversity and Social Justice in Dance/Movement Therapy Research
-Christine Caldwell & Rae Johnson
8. Interpretivist/Qualitative Research Methods, Data Collection and Analysis: Interviews, Observations, and Content Analysis
9. Moving the Data: Embodied Approaches for Data Collection and Analysis in Dance/Movement Therapy Research
-Jennifer Frank Tantia & Tomoyo Kawano
10. Embodied Artistic Inquiry
-Lenore Wadsworth Hervey
SECTION 4—ALTERNATIVES AND OPTIONS
11. What is Evaluation Research?
-Robyn Flaum Cruz
12. How to Mix Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in a Dance/Movement Therapy Research Project