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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of theoretical frameworks utilized in published music education qualitative research. Due to the appearance of a somewhat inconsistent view on the role, use, and definition of theoretical frameworks in qualitative research, this chapter also investigates commonly referenced research methodology texts and ultimately frames the discussion using a model based on the congruent arguments provided by Anfara and Mertz (2006) and Ravitch and Raggan (2012), separating paradigms and orientations from empirical/quasi-empirical theoretical constructs. The purpose of this chapter is not only to try to clear away the silt from the murky waters surrounding understandings of what constitutes a theoretical framework, but also, equally important, to provide readers with potentially useful theories, frameworks, and their applications toward helping readers in their own scholarly pursuits.

Keywords: conceptual framework, theoretical framework, paradigm, theory, orientation, framework, model, lens, methodological perspective, epistemology

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