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date: 26 February 2021

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The establishment of criteria for quality in qualitative research in music education has existed as a thorny issue within the profession for many years. The range of opinions and beliefs concerning “goodness” criteria for qualitative research is vast, and encompasses multiple belief systems, paradigm orientations, and research stances. The purpose of this chapter is to briefly review the conversation in the profession with respect to establishing and modifying evaluative criteria in qualitative research over the past several decades, provide alternative approaches to considering issues of evaluation in qualitative inquiry in music education, and extend the conversation to consider the profession’s future as a research community.

Keywords: Quality, goodness, evaluation, criteria, research paradigms

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