Beyond the Lone Ranger Researcher: Team Work in Qualitative Research

Liora Bresler, Judy Davidson Wasser, Nancy B. Hertzog, Mary Lemons

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Even though much research is collaboratively conducted by groups of researchers, methodological literature is based upon the model of single researcher design. This is true even though much research is conducted by groups of researchers, whether it is graduate students working under a research director or collaboration among colleagues. Based on one case of a music and arts education project in which we participated, we explore in this paper the selected issues that arise in the conduct of qualitative teamwork, considering the unique aspects of team, as opposed to individual research. These include the formation and organisation of the qualitative research team, conduct of the group, and the relationship of these concerns to the interpretation of meaning. It illustrates how collaborative work can lead to a more complex understanding of school music 'genres', as well as school and community dynamics regarding music education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-27
Number of pages15
JournalResearch Studies in Music Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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