2nd Edition

Inquiry in Music Education Concepts and Methods for the Beginning Researcher

    350 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Inquiry in Music Education: Concepts and Methods for the Beginning Researcher, Second Edition, introduces research and scholarship in music education as an ongoing spiral of inquiry. Exploring research conventions that are applicable beyond music to the other arts and humanities as well, it offers a sequential approach to topic formulation, information literacy, reading and evaluating research studies, and planning and conducting original studies within accepted guidelines.

    Following the legacy begun by Edward Rainbow and Hildegard C. Froehlich, this book expands what is meant by music education and research, teaching tangible skills for music educators with diverse instructional goals and career aspirations. The second edition addresses the changes in methods due to technological advances, a proliferation of new scholarship, and an awareness of the impact of place and culture on researchers and research participants.

    This edition features:

    • the most current information on research tools, strategies to remain up-to-date, and expanded supplemental online materials (see inquiryinmusiceducation.com)
    • case studies that reflect recent research and discuss issues of gender, race, and culture previously absent from mainstream scholarship
    • an acknowledgment of the assessment demands of contemporary K-12 schooling
    • a chapter devoted to mixed methods, arts-based, and practitioner inquiry
    • assignments and other resources designed to be friendly for online course delivery
    • chapters from contributing authors Debbie Rohwer and Marie McCarthy, bringing additional depth and perspective.

    Inquiry in Music Education provides students with the language, skills, and protocols necessary to succeed in today’s competitive markets of grant writing, arts advocacy, and public outreach as contributing members of the community of music educators.

    Introduction. Learning about the Book and Getting Involved / Part I. Entering the World of Questioning / Chapter 1. The Spiral and Modes of Inquiry: Options, Choices, and Initial Decisions / Chapter 2. Finding and Mapping Sources of Information / Chapter 3. Toward a Rationale and Research Plan: Writing a Contract with Yourself / Part II. Methods in Modes of Inquiry / Chapter 4. Ways of Thinking and their Consequences / Chapter 5. Approaches in the Philosophical Mode of Inquiry / Chapter 6. Historical Inquiry: Getting Inside the Process (Marie McCarthy) / Chapter 7. Purposes and Questions in Qualitative Research / Chapter 8. Selected Procedures for Gathering, Analyzing, and Reflecting on Qualitative Data / Chapter 9. Quantitative Research in Music Education: Letting Numbers Speak / Chapter 10. Understanding Descriptive Statistics (Debbie Rohwer) / Chapter 11. Interpreting Correlations (Debbie Rohwer) / Chapter 12. Designing Ex Post Facto and Experimental Studies (Debbie Rohwer) / Chapter 13. Exploring Mixed Methods, Practitioner, and Arts-Based Inquiry / Chapter 14. Tools for Data Gathering: Basics of Content and Construction / Chapter 15. "So What?" Interpreting and Sharing your Findings / Recapitulation. Placing Your Research Experience in the Bigger Picture / Appendix A: Working out a Course or Project Timeline / Appendix B: Selected "’isms" as found by Rainbow & Froehlich, 1987 / Appendix C: John Curwen Observes Sarah Glover Teaching Music / Appendix D: Sample Template for Organizing Coded Qualitative Data and Files / Appendix E: Choices in Statistical Tests for Parametric and Non-parametric Data


    Carol Frierson-Campbell is Professor at William Paterson University.

    Hildegard C. Froehlich is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas.