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This graduate course will provide you with an introduction to the principles of quantitative and qualitative research in music education.
The life of a music educator is full of decisions. We have to choose and manage resources within a limited budget, select appropriate pedagogies and operate effectively within an education system. As professionals we are expected to be responsible for our own decisions about what to do and how to do it. But on what knowledge do we base these decisions? Knowledge is a slippery thing. How do we know what is true? What is reliable information? Educators are often asked to make dramatic changes to their practice based on research evidence, but how do we evaluate the quality of that evidence? Researchers suggest that knowledge that is obtained through careful, systematic inquiry is likely to be the most reliable basis for our decisions. As we add to this fund of knowledge we develop the field of music education as a discipline. Practitioner research is also an important part of the development of our field and this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to conduct your own research along systematic research principles. The course will provide you with an introduction to the principles of quantitative and qualitative research in music education. As you learn more about how research evidence is produced, you will develop the skills and understanding necessary to become critical consumers of research evidence in our field and informed producers of such evidence. The empirical portion of this course introduces research methodology, experimental design, and statistical analysis of data. The qualitative portion critically examines exemplary qualitative studies and explores qualitative methods and techniques to investigate and report inquiries in music education.
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