Poetic Inquiry II – Seeing, Caring, Understanding

Using Poetry as and for Inquiry

  • Kathleen T. Galvin
  • Monica Prendergast

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Seeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexandra Fidyk
      Pages 3-20
    3. Christi Kramer
      Pages 21-40
    4. Kate Evans
      Pages 41-50
    5. Carl Leggo
      Pages 51-69
    6. Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes
      Pages 71-79
    7. Sandra L. Faulkner, Cynthia Nicole
      Pages 81-97
    8. Lorri Neilsen Glenn
      Pages 99-103
  3. Understanding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Collette Quinn-Hall
      Pages 107-133
    3. Jacquie Kidd
      Pages 135-140
    4. Jane Piirto
      Pages 141-154
    5. John J. Guiney Yallop
      Pages 155-168
    6. Suzanne M. Thomas
      Pages 191-201
  4. Caring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Fran Biley
      Pages 205-210
    3. Frances Rapport, Graham Hartill
      Pages 211-226
    4. Patricia Maarhuis, Pauline Sameshima
      Pages 279-302
    5. Rama Cousik
      Pages 303-312
    6. Jazmin A. White, Lisa William-White
      Pages 313-322
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-328

About this book


This volume offers a novel collection of international works on the use of poetry in inquiry that transcends conventional disciplinary boundaries. The aim is to illustrate an ‘aesthetic move’ in social sciences and in particular in health and in education. The collection builds a bridge between the Arts and Health and Education by offering innovative exemplars of use of poetry in social science research and in the context of the many varied disciplinary contexts. An exploration of poetry within an international interdisciplinary collection in the context of education, research inquiry and health and social care with university-affiliated authors is offered. Writers include literary poets, academics and researchers in the arts, the humanities, and human and social sciences: an unusual interdisciplinary community. Authors contribute work illustrating how they are finding varied approaches to make use of the resonant power of words through poetry in their investigations. Writers’ aims span new ways to help readers resonate and connect with findings; new ways of revealing deep understandings of human experience; new ways of being in dialogue with research findings and new ways of working with people in vulnerable situations to name ‘what it is like’. As such, the collection offers examples of the foremost ways seen in the literature for poetry to appear in education, health and caring sciences, anthropology, sociology, psychology, social work and related fields.

Most qualitative research texts focus on one discipline; this text will be relevant for many postsecondary programs and courses including in education, health sciences, arts and humanities and social sciences.


Qualitative research Arts-based inquiry Poetry Social sciences Health

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathleen T. Galvin
    • 1
  • Monica Prendergast
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HullUK
  2. 2.University of VictoriaCanada

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