Preliminary Study Title:
Answer: “Study to examine the increase in score of students by establishing music classroom”
1. Description of the local problem:
Answer: The problem identified is that music educational programs at school in the district have been decreasing since administrators give priority to other subjects like maths and science.
2. Rationale of the local problem and Purpose of the study (The rationale for choosing this problem is clearly articulated. The rationale consists of evidence that the problem exists and explains why there is a need to study and address this problem. The purpose or intent of the study is explained):
Answer: The purpose of this study is to examine if a fully equipped music classroom will have a positive effect on students and result in an increase in their grades. This research is being conducted because it has been found that music educational programs are decreasing in number at schools in the district.
3. Review of literature addressing the problem (Consists of two parts: a) theoretical/conceptual structure and b) current research literature addressing the problem.
a) The theoretical base or conceptual framework is described. The selection of the theory/framework is justified by showing a clear contribution to understanding of the problem. How the theory/framework will be used to inform the study is described and justified.
Answer: It has been found that music has a positive effect on students and it helps in improving their ability to memorize things and retain information. Based on this theory, a study of comparison would be conducted to study the difference in results.
b) Current research literature related to the problem is summarized and critically reviewed. Includes at least 15 current references from research literature articles published in peer-reviewed journals (ONLY PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS). Current literature is defined as published within the past 5 years. Research literature is defined as articles reporting data collection methods or data sources, data analysis methods, and findings)
Answer: 1. “Impact of music education on academic education” by Donald A Hodges and Debra S O’Connell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2. “Placing music at the center of literacy education” by Dr Jonathan Bolduc and Dr Carole Flueret
3. “Effectiveness of preservice music teacher education programs: perceptions of early career music teachers” by Julie Ballantyne, Center for Innovation in Education
4. Research questions (Lists research questions including related hypotheses, if applicable):
Answer: The hypothesis for this study would be to examine if music classrooms and programs have a positive effect on students and result in an increase in scores. In order to complete this research the following questions would have to be asked:
- A quantitative analysis and comparison of two schools, one where music programs are conducted and one where programs are not conducted.
- Conduct interviews with students to see their response to music programs and how they feel.
- Talk to administrative authorities on funding required and essentials for managing music programs.
5. Description of proposed research process (Includes research design, population and sample/selection of participants, data collection methods and/or types of data, data collection instruments, and data analysis methods):
Answer: The research process would include comparing elementary schools of the same level with the same demographic data where different music classroom settings are used. The next step would be conducting interviews, where perspective of administration and teachers regarding music would be recorded to learn if it helps students to achieve better academics scores.
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