Research Collaborations in a Study About Kinetic Awareness®, with Women with Breast Cancer

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jill I. Green, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This research brings together the areas of dance, wellness, and somatic educational practices, in an effort to use a particular somatic approach as a tool for dealing with health issues. The specific purpose of this study was to explore ways that Kinetic Awareness®, a somatic body and dance practice, can help women with breast cancer deal with the symptoms of their treatments, particularly with fatigue and sleeplessness. In addition, the research investigated how the work may enhance the quality of life of the women in this somatic teaching project. The qualitative investigation involved interviews, video observation, and field notes. The presentation is divided into two main areas. First, I address issues related to collaborative research, and how I negotiated working with other researchers in different fields, who brought different theoretical frameworks, methodology, and ideas about research to the project. Second, I present the findings of the research through a multifaceted case study approach, using postpositivist displays of data such as narrative and split page format. This strategy embodies an approach, which does not attempt to find generalized solutions or prescriptions; portray the researcher as an authority figure; or attempt to speak for the participants. Rather, it offers a multitude of voices, viewpoints, and possibilities. Through this qualitative approach, the study focuses on finding agency within a medicalized system of care.

Additional Information

2014 National Dance Education Conference Proceedings
Language: English
Date: 2014
Kinetic Awareness, women, breast cancer, somatic education, collaborative research

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