Statistical Practices of Music Education Researchers: Preliminary Results Regarding Analyses of Variance

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2018-07-08
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Canadian University Dubai
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Svec, Christina
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Music and Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre offers two areas of focus. Its major in Music provides the study of music as applied to teaching, performance, composition, theory, and music literature. Its major in Performing Arts offers students the study of the history, heritage, theory, and practice of performing arts, including acting, writing, and directing.

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The Department of Music was formed in 1888. In 2012 its name was changed to the Department of Music and Theatre.

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1888-present

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  • Department of Music (1888-2012)

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The purpose of the current study was to describe the statistical practices of researchers across three prominent music education research journals regarding analyses of variance. The current paper has included information specific to JRME and CRME from 2000–2015; information specific to Psychology of Music, and 2016 data from JRME and CRME is currently in progress. Research components of ANOVA, MANOVA, and ANCOVA analyses included power analysis, assumptions, descriptive statistics, coefficients, effect sizes, post-hoc analyses, validity, and reliability. Overall, the majority of articles published in JRME and CRME during the past 15 years have been quantitative in nature; 56% (JRME) and 47% (CRME) of the quantitative articles used analysis of variance procedures. Preliminary findings indicated research strengths including controlling for validity issues and reporting sample size and selection. Several weaknesses were also highlighted. Implications have been discussed for future research and research pedagogy.
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This presentation is published as Svec, C. Statistical Practices of Music Education Researchers: Preliminary Results Regarding Analyses of Variance. Presented at the Proceedings of the 27th International Seminar of the International Society for Music Education Research Commission, Edited by E.K. Orman, Dubai 8-13 July 2018;166-173. https://www.isme.org/events/isme-research-commission-pre-conference-seminar-2018. Posted with permission
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