In Statistics in Music Education Research, author Joshua Russell explains the process of using a range of statistical analyses from inception to research design to data entry to final analysis using understandable descriptions and examples from extant music education research. He explores four main aspects of music education research: understanding logical concepts of statistical procedures and their outcomes; critiquing the use of different procedures in extant and developing research; applying the correct statistical model for not only any given dataset, but also the correct logic determining which model to employ; and reporting the results of a given statistical procedure clearly and in a way that provides adequate information for the reader to determine if the data analysis is accurate and interpretable.
While it is written predominately for graduate students in music education courses, Statistics in Music Education Research will also help music education researchers and teachers of music educators gain a better understanding of how parametric statistics are employed and interpreted in music education.
“I’ve been teaching research methods at the collegiate level for over 20 years and utilized statistics in my own scholarship even longer. I’ve continually studied the topic to further my own understanding and to discover ways in which I could assist my students in comprehending the subject. If only this book would have been written sooner! Joshua Russell has removed the cloak of mystery surrounding statistics through this straightforward, accessible text. While there are many statistics books on the market, Statistics in Music Education Research is written specifically for music education researchers, teachers, and students. Russell’s clear prose, examples from published music education research studies, and detailed step-by-step instructions will benefit both novices and those who are experienced. I highly recommend it for use in the college classroom and as a reference on every music educator’s bookshelf!”-William Bauer, Professor of Music Education, University of Florida
About the Author
Joshua A. Russell is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.