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Laura Beer Reviews Book

Dr. Laura Beer, music therapy program director, reviewed a book about performative social sciences in The Qualitative Report in
September 2013.

In her article titled Performativity in the Real World: How "Playing with Purpose" Informs and Inspires Social Scientists, she writes:

Performativity is an approach to social science research that invites provocative and intimate explorations of findings, making them accessible and directly sensed. In a performative experience the reader/audience is engaged and challenged, beguiled and entranced into thinking differently about Data Representation in all of its often-times boring splendor. In Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science, the blending of Mary and Ken Gergen's histories, struggles and artistry is remarkable and inspiring.

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Dr. Laura Beer's interest in creative approaches to qualitative research, especially the use of music, has led her to explore mindfulness in higher education, dementia, and how learning Western therapy affects Asian students.She directs the music therapy program at Marylhurst University.


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