Research Methods in the Dance Sciences
400 pages, 6 3/25 x 9 1/4
43 b/w photos, 52 tables, notes, bibliography, index
Release Date:17 Jan 2023

Research Methods in the Dance Sciences

University Press of Florida

A comprehensive guide to conducting empirical research in dance


ResearchMethods in the Dance Sciences introducesconcepts and practices that support effective, empirical research in the dancesciences, including medical science. A valuable new resource for this growingfield, this book provides foundational knowledge for anyone who wants tounderstand, apply, and conduct research with dancers and proposes ways tofacilitate more collaboration between the many disciplines that often overlapin this area.

Inthis volume, pioneers of dance medicine and science guide readers through thestages of the research process. They address topics such as choosing a researchquestion, writing a literature review, developing a framework and methodology,influencing the field, and progressing in a research career. Offeringdance-specific examples as illustrations, this volume provides clear andinstructive strategies for developing a solid repertoire of research skills toexamine dance and movement-centered activities. It is ideal for practicing andaspiring dancers, teachers, and clinicians in fields including exercisephysiology, motor learning, behavioral sciences, food sciences, medicine,psychology, and somatics who are interested in dance science research. 

“An invaluable book for anyone engaged in dance science research atany level. Bringing together leading voices in dance medicine and science, itis a must-have for the dance research community. Accessible, practical, andcomplete, it is the book dance science research has been waiting for.”—RóisínCahalan, editor of Complete Irish Dancer:Optimization of Health and Performance in Irish Dancers

 “Brings together some of the best researchers and practitioners in dancesciences globally in a groundbreaking book that outlines all you need to knowabout undertaking research in this specialized field. Filled with real-worldexamples, this helpful text will inspire existing and future researchers toeffectively uncover insights that will further our understanding and ability tosupport our amazing community of dance artists, educators, and healthprofessionals.”—Gene Moyle, Queensland University of Technology

Tom Welsh is dance sciences professor and foundingdirector of the Dance Conditioning Studio at Florida State University. He isthe 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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