The aims of this unit of study are to develop an understanding of music education research processes, and to identify research methods suitable for individual students' research topics. It examines a range of music education research paradigms which can broadly be categorised as qualitative and quantitative and introduces students to related research procedures. Readings and seminar activities are designed to facilitate students' critical analysis of research in terms of the relevant research methodologies. Students will also develop strategies for locating and reviewing literature pertaining to their fields of research interest. As an outcome of this unit, students will submit a preliminary literature review and preliminary research proposal.
2 hour seminar per week
Annotated Bibliography (30%); literature review (50%); preliminary research proposal (10%); participation (10%).
This unit is commenced in the third year of the degree and enrolment is subject to approval of the Unit Coordinator.