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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26443

Title: Reflections on My Research
Authors: Shand, Patricia
Keywords: music education research
Canadian music education
Canadian music in education
Canadian music for student performers
John Adaskin Project
National Inquiry into Arts and Education in Canada
Canadian Music Education Research Centre (CMERC)
music curriculum documents
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: The Binder's Press
Citation: Shand, Patricia. “ Reflections on My Research.” Our Research in Music Education: A Festschrift for Dr. Allen Clingman. St. John’ s, Newfoundland: The Binder’ s Press, 1993. pp. 157-172. Reproduced by permission.
Description: Shand provides an overview of her work in music education research, from her earliest work as a Master’ s student in Toronto to 1993. At the University of Toronto she began her association with the John Adaskin Project – which has, due to her position as its director, provided the compass for much of her work. Her greatest concern is that her work be accessible and useful to teacher-practitioners in their classrooms. Hence her doctoral research, collecting and analyzing Canadian string orchestra repertoire and developing a clear methodology that she and her assistants and colleagues have used in preparing all future Adaskin Project guidelists. Shand then discusses her work with the Canadian Conference for the Arts National Inquiry into Arts and Education in Canada. Her experience on this taskforce shaped the very pragmatic, step-by-step approach she stresses in her work. In her research collaborations with Lee Bartel at CMERC she has sought to evaluate the success of the John Adaskin Project in reaching its Canadian content goals in the classroom. Through questionnaires, surveys, and curriculum document study, Shand and Bartel have found intriguing results across the country, but are careful to stress that what was recommended in the curriculum documents they studied was not necessarily a reflection of practice in the classroom. Shand’ s approach often relies on descriptive content analysis, but she has found computers to be useful tools when dealing with large amounts of data. At the end of her reflections, she stresses her desire to make modest research claims with practical consequences, and to work with teachers who are often excluded from the very research that should be designed to support them – “ bridging the gap between researcher and practitioner.”
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26443
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