ERIC Number: EJ1100346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
The Role of the Dissertation in Music Education Doctoral Programs
Sims, Wendy L.; Cassidy, Jane W.
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v25 n3 p65-77 Jun 2016
This survey study was designed to determine attributes of, and attitudes toward, the doctoral dissertation. Of particular interest was music education faculty awareness and implementation of project-based dissertations as alternatives to traditional dissertations. Respondents, music education program heads at doctoral granting institutions (N = 46, 85% return), agreed strongly that the dissertation should make a contribution to knowledge and that the outcome of doctoral programs should be skilled researchers, but indicated that less than half of recent graduates published a research or practitioner article based on the dissertation. Only eight participants responded that their students had an option for completing their doctoral dissertation in any format other than the traditional dissertation. Only 53% of respondents were familiar with the project-based doctoral dissertation, which may explain the relatively neutral responses to questions related to the appropriateness of this format. Faculty were only moderately interested in the format, but almost all estimated stronger interest on the part of their doctoral students.
Descriptors: Role, Doctoral Dissertations, Music Education, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Doctoral Programs, Publications, Student Projects, Graduate Students, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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