A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 2. Research Methodology
· 2 · research methodology Research Process This study of the ArtsSmarts partnership program is titled Working Together: A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership. The title was selected to acknowledge the focus on artist-teacher collaboration throughout the pro- gram. Integrated Inquiry, a multiple-perspectives methodology, was employed to develop an in-depth understanding of the effectiveness of the partnership (Andrews, 2008b). The research method involves combining data from mul- tiple interrelated protocols, qualitative and/or quantitative, or combining the data from one or more protocols in different periods to acquire a holistic understanding of an issue or issues under investigation. This author is familiar with Integrated Inquiry and has previously published several research articles using this method of combining data; for example, using multiple interrelated qualitative protocols within the same study (Andrews, 2010a), qualitative and quantitative protocols from individuals (Andrews, 2008a) or different groups (Andrews & Carruthers, 2004), qualitative and quantitative responses within the same instrument (Andrews, 2002), and combining analyses of quantita- tive data on multiple concepts within a study (Andrews & Trumpower, 2009). The research literature supports the combining of multiple perspectives in 16 a case study of a national arts education partnership this way to acquire an in-depth understanding of field-based problems (e.g., Creswell, 2012; Miles & Huberman, 1994; Patton, 1990). Integrated Inquiry is an arts-based research approach that adopts the composer as metaphor to describe the process of seamlessly combing data. Professional composers make multiple qualitative (e.g., orchestration, articulations) and quantitative (e.g., time signature, note values) decisions to create a new...
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