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Bilingualism and Music Education

A Turkish-German Perspective

Sezgin Inceel

Research indicates that parents play an essential role in their children’s musical and language development. Moreover, neurocognitive studies point to the similarities between music and language processing. Based on the previous literature, the present study focuses on the Turkish immigrant parents’ beliefs and practices regarding bilingualism and music education. Interviews, observations and questionnaires are applied to generate qualitative data. Findings indicate that the participants’ positive beliefs are influenced by distal factors, such as cultural features, their own backgrounds, and socio-demographical characteristics. However, the lack of their theoretical knowledge regarding the subjects seems to have a negative impact on these beliefs.

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2 Methodology



2.1Research Design

The resources have different opinions about the terms ‘method, methodology, epistemology and theoretical perspective’. Crotty (1998, p. 1-5) points out that the definitions and categorisations are sometimes confusing and they even contradict each other. He claims that there are four basic questions any kind of researcher has to be concerned with:

1.What methods do we propose to use?

2.What methodology governs our choice and use of methods?

3.What theoretical perspective lies behind the methodology in question?

4.What epistemology informs this theoretical perspective?

The Fig. 3 demonstrates how the present study’s research design is organised by the principles of Crotty (1998).

Fig. 3:Research Design

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