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From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research
Data Analytics and the General Linear Model Using R

ISBN 9781032060491
Published February 23, 2022 by Routledge
520 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research provides a structured and hands-on approach to working with empirical data in the context of music education research. Using step-by-step tutorials with in-depth examples of music education data, this book draws upon concepts in data science and statistics to provide a comprehensive framework for working with a variety of data and solving data-driven problems.

All of the skills presented here use the R programming language, a free, open-source statistical computing and graphics environment. Using R enables readers to refine their computational thinking abilities and data literacy skills while facilitating reproducibility, replication, and transparency of data analysis in the field. The book offers:

  • A clear and comprehensive framework for thinking about data analysis processes in a music education context.
  • An overview of common data structures and data types used in statistical programming and data analytics.
  • Techniques for cleaning, preprocessing, manipulating, aggregating, and mining data in ways that facilitate organization and interpretation.
  • Methods for summarizing and visualizing data to help identify structures, patterns, and trends within data sets.
  • Detailed applications of descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive analytics processes.
  • Step-by-step code for all concepts and analyses.
  • Direct access to all data sets and R script files through the accompanying eResource.

From Data to Decisions in Music Education Research offers a reference "cookbook" of code and programming recipes written with the graduate music education student in mind and breaks down data analysis processes and skills in an approachable fashion. It can be used across a wide range of graduate music education courses that rely on the application of empirical data analyses and will be useful to all music education scholars and professionals seeking to enhance their use of quantitative data.

Table of Contents

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Section I. Fundamentals and Principles of the R Programming Language

Chapter 1. The R Programming Environment

Chapter 2. Data Types and Data Structures

Section II. Data Wrangling Techniques

Chapter 3. Data Preprocessing and Data Manipulation

Chapter 4. Data Aggregation

Section III. Descriptive Analytics and Exploratory Data Analysis Techniques

Chapter 5. Summary Operations

Chapter 6: Data Visualization

Section IV. Diagnostic Analytics and Data Mining Techniques

Chapter 7: Normality Assessment and Anomaly Detection

Chapter 8: Data Re-Expression Techniques

Chapter 9: Covariance and Correlation

Section V. Predictive Analytics and the General Linear Model

Chapter 10: The Mean Model and Simple Linear Regression

Chapter 11: Multiple Linear Regression

Chapter 12: Special Cases of the General Linear Model

Chapter 13: Model Diagnostics



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Brian C. Wesolowski is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.