Software Development as Music Education Research
Andrew R. Brown
Queensland University of Technology
Citation: Brown, Andrew R. (2007). Software development as music
education research. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 8(6).
Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v8n6/.
This paper discusses how software development can be used as a method for
music education research. It explains how software development can
externalize ideas, stimulate action and reflection, and provide evidence to
support the educative value of new software-based experiences. Parallels
between the interactive software development process and established
research methods are drawn, with particular focus on action research, case
study, and activity theory. A new approach to arts educational research
called Software Development as Research (SoDaR) is proposed. The paper
includes examples from the author's use of this approach when developing
the jam2jam software to facilitate networked music improvisation
experiences for young children.
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