The Basics of Caring Research

  • Satu Uusiautti
  • Kaarina Määttä

Part of the Bold Visions in Educational Research book series (BVER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Time for Caring Research, Time for Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kaarina Määttä, Satu Uusiautti
      Pages 3-18
  3. Positive Resources as the Foundation of Caring Research and Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Taina Rantala, Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä
      Pages 21-31
    3. Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä
      Pages 33-44
    4. Kaarina Määttä
      Pages 45-60
    5. Satu Uusiautti
      Pages 61-75
  4. Caring Research Community and Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Kaarina Määttä
      Pages 79-90
    3. Kaarina Määttä, Satu Uusiautti, Marju Määttä
      Pages 91-101
    4. Pigga Keskitalo, Erika Sarivaara
      Pages 119-133
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä
      Pages 137-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-145

About this book


"What is caring research and how to conduct it? This book defines the new concept of caring research as a combination of two perspectives. 

Caring research means research that aims to promote well-being. It is focused on a good quality of life, human strengths and active life, as well as characteristics and positive development in human beings that act as buffers against malaise and help coping with adversities in life. In addition, caring research cares for the researcher well-being. Caring research is conducted by people who share the passion and enthusiasm to influence positively and collaborate. Caring research includes the joy of working and researching together. Thus, caring research is manifested in the relationships between researchers, supervisors, students, and other experts, and their mutual open and respectful interaction. 

The Basics of Caring Research analyzes these two elements of caring research through several viewpoints that are to illustrate the manifold nature of caring research as positively-focused and positively-conducted research. The book also includes critical analysis of the current requirements and future challenges of caring research.

The book serves as a text book in, for example, research studies in psychology and educational and behavioral sciences.  Researchers and supervisors find it a useful tool to support their supervision of various academic theses.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Satu Uusiautti
    • 1
  • Kaarina Määttä
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LaplandFinland
  2. 2.University of LaplandFinland

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