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date: 26 February 2021

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Seven future directions for qualitative research in music education are drawn from salient themes of the Handbook, in which the field will attain greater clarity in aligning research activities with wisely chosen and pressing aims, strong purposes; attend more closely to the epistemological coherence of our theoretical and analytical frameworks, strong footings; situate inquiry in new contexts, engaging new voices, and pursuing compelling new realms of study; utilize new affordances of technology and social media as strategic tools and environments for qualitative work; seek greater resonance and rigor through attending to writing and scholarly critique; integrate the community of qualitative researchers in order to build our professional capacity and collaborative power; and expand the reach of qualitative inquiry by attending to its overall impact on practitioners, scholars, and communities.

Keywords: future directions, qualitative research history, scholarly critique, community of researchers, impact of qualitative research

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