Research Methods in the Dance Sciences
Edited by Tom Welsh, Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, and Lynda Mainwaring
A comprehensive guide to conducting empirical research in dance
“An invaluable book for anyone engaged in dance science research at any level. Bringing together leading voices in dance medicine and science, it is a must-have for the dance research community. Accessible, practical, and complete, it is the book dance science research has been waiting for.”—Róisín Cahalan, editor of Complete Irish Dancer: Optimization of Health and Performance in Irish Dancers
“Brings together some of the best researchers and practitioners in dance sciences globally in a groundbreaking book that outlines all you need to know about undertaking research in this specialized field. Filled with real-world examples, this helpful text will inspire existing and future researchers to effectively uncover insights that will further our understanding and ability to support our amazing community of dance artists, educators, and health professionals.”—Gene Moyle, Queensland University of Technology
Research Methods in the Dance Sciences introduces concepts and practices that support effective, empirical research in the dance sciences, including medical science. A valuable new resource for this growing field, this book provides foundational knowledge for anyone who wants to understand, apply, and conduct research with dancers and proposes ways to facilitate more collaboration between the many disciplines that often overlap in this area.
In this volume, pioneers of dance medicine and science guide readers through the stages of the research process. They address topics such as choosing a research question, writing a literature review, developing a framework and methodology, influencing the field, and progressing in a research career. Offering dance-specific examples as illustrations, this volume provides clear and instructive strategies for developing a solid repertoire of research skills to examine dance and movement-centered activities. It is ideal for practicing and aspiring dancers, teachers, and clinicians in fields including exercise physiology, motor learning, behavioral sciences, food sciences, medicine, psychology, and somatics who are interested in dance science research.
Tom Welsh is dance sciences professor and founding director of the Dance Conditioning Studio at Florida State University. He is the author of Conditioning for Dancers. Jatin P. Ambegaonkar is professor in the School of Kinesiology and founding operations director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory at George Mason University. Lynda Mainwaring is associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada. The three editors have served on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science for many years, and Ambegaonkar is currently the editor-in-chief of the journal.
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