Inquiry in Music Education: Concepts and Methods for the Beginning Researcher provides an introduction to research and scholarship in music education. This textbook covers topic formulation, information literacy, reading and evaluating research studies, and planning and conducting original studies within accepted guidelines, based on research conventions in music, the other arts, education, and the humanities. Electronic search tools, hands-on assignments, supplementary teaching materials and other resources are included on the companion web site (available January 2013).
Skills in research and scholarship introduce students to the language and protocols by which to succeed in today’s competitive market of grant writing, arts advocacy, and public outreach as a contributing member of the community of music educators.
Following the legacy begun by Rainbow and Froehlich in Research in Music Education, published in 1987, the objectives of this book are:
Part 1. Chapters One through Four: Entering the World of Questioning 1. The Spiral and Modes of Inquiry: Options, Choices, and Initial Decisions 2. Finding and Mapping Sources of Information 3. Reading and Thinking in Conceptual Frames 4. Toward a Rationale and Research Plan: Writing a Contract with Yourself Part 2. Chapters Five through Thirteen: Methods in Modes of Inquiry 5. Approaches in the Philosophical Mode of Inquiry 6. Historical Inquiry: Getting Inside the Process 7. Purposes and Questions in Qualitative Research 8. Selected Procedures for Gathering, Analyzing, and Reflecting on Qualitative Data 9. Quantitative Research in Music Education: Letting Numbers Speak 10. Understanding Descriptive Statistics 11. Interpreting Correlations 12. Designing Ex Post Facto and Experimental Studies 13. Tools for Data Gathering: Basics of Content and Construction 14. "So What?" Interpreting and Sharing your Findings