Leavy, P. (2015). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Chuck Egerton


Arts-based research (AbR) is a cross-disciplinary “set of methodological tools” (p. ix) utilizing the principles of the creative arts, that can be applied to all aspects of social research from cultivating data, to analysis. Patricia Leavy’s (2015) Method Meets Art: Arts-based Research Practice (MMA) is an in-depth exploration of AbR practices. Why is arts-based research important to action research practitioners? Perhaps it is the profound and untapped potential artistic practices can offer to further human knowledge, understanding, and problem solving through the inductive arts-based action research approach. Not only for artists, Leavy presents an argument that AbR offers rich new approaches and practices beneficial to all researchers.

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