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A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Camilla Farrant, Mercédès Pavlicevic and Giorgos Tsiris

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This guide draws from legislation and research ethics committee procedures, to provide guidance for practitioners who are considering undertaking research projects. Embedded in 'real-life' experiences, it aims to inspire practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 8.66in x 6.10in / 220mm x 155mm, 160pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-419-5

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2014, ePUB, 128pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-799-5
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This practical guide aims to inspire ethically-aware practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants. Conducting a research project, whatever the setting, requires not only knowledge of research methods but also an in-depth understanding of research ethics. Embedded in 'real life' experiences of research ethics applications, this guide navigates the reader through research ethics procedures, drawing from legislation and a range of research ethics committee regulations. Although the emphasis is on research, ethical considerations presented in this guide are equally relevant and applicable to other types of enquiry, including monitoring and evaluation projects.

Whether leading a research project, being part of a research team or taking part as a research participant, this book is essential reading for all arts & health practitioners and arts therapists.


'The unique volume…comes from the workshop of my music therapy/researcher colleagues...They've formulated for you sound and systematic advice for the real-world practice of research ethics in the areas of arts therapies and community arts. Their Guide is down-to-earth, practical, no-nonsense, and it will probably save you buckets of tears before bedtime.'
- from the foreword by Gary Ansdell, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, London

'Authors Farrant, Pavlicevic and Tsiris have provided a hands-on, practical and useful guide for arts-based practitioners who are navigating the complex terrain of research ethics. With helpful strategies for all phases of the process from ethical research design through ethics approval to research implementation, the authors strongly emphasize what should be the utmost concern for researchers, that is, the well-being of the clients served.'
- Dr. Cheryl Dileo, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

'Both novice and seasoned investigators will find much to learn from this humane, informative and critical text so clearly grounded in the experience of the authors as practitioners and researchers. Negotiating the formal research ethics process can be daunting, but this volume offers clear guidance and helpful practical advice for clearing the hurdles and appreciating the unforeseen ethical challenges of research.'
- Professor Stephen Clift, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University

'A Guide to Research Ethics provides practitioners with a solid, engaging and easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamental principles and practices involved in ethical evaluation... The authors have succeeded in articulating the principles of research ethics which underpin any research or evaluation framework... provides very clear of information sheets and consent forms that might be adapted for evaluative and research work.'
- Catherine Carr, MT and researcher