A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 2. Research Methodology
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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 program. 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 multiple 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 quantitative data on multiple concepts within a study (Andrews & Trumpower, 2009). The research literature supports the combining of multiple perspectives in ← 15 | 16 → this way to acquire an in-depth understanding of field-based problems (e.g., Creswell, 2012; Miles & Huberman, 1994; Patton, 1990).
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