Due to the topic's nature, the book is written in the first place for researchers and therapeutic community practitioners who are planning to undertake research.
a great source book to researchers and clinicians working in therapeutic communities, it will also be of great interest to any practitioner who wishes to understand more about the various ways in which research in therapeutic communities can be approached.
The comprehensive book 'A Culture of Enquiry' aims at disseminating research findings on therapeutic communities.
The different research methods and designs, such as RCTs, meta-analysis, outcome research designs, qualitative methods (such as focus groups) are explained and illustrated with research examples both executed by the authors as well as by other (well-known) researches. Therefore, and also from our own teaching experiences with both Master-and Bachelor level students in Orthopedagogy (Special Education), we consider the book suitable for students as well. Finally, because the book elaborates on research findings, we thing the book will certainly appeal as well to clinicians and other practitioners both in therapeutic communities and other treatment services.
This edited book is - by our knowledge - one of the first attempts to group a wide diversity of studies, research methodologies and related findings within the specific context of therapeutic communities. It is interesting that the editors have brought together a comprehensive range of different research paradigms (e.g. both quantitative and qualitative studies have been described) applied to questions, which address 'individuals, groups and collective systems'. Furthermore, we can only support the editors' initiative to incorporate research within both 'democratic' and 'hierarchical or concept-based' therapeutic communities, as the totality of the TC-world is grasped this way.
The book supplies an evidence base for TCs that is growing rapidly in both volume and sophistication. With relevantly systematic literature reviews on TC research this book offers a very good opportunity to read current research progress and findings.