To meet team Ziggy Stardust’s research goals, I pushed to critique all four scholarly articles by October 18th. This tactic was very helpful in order to have enough content for the literature review that was due November 1st. I am grateful for my team, La Dawna Wert and Wes Aker’s organization and commitment to our research. By working together on our literature review, I have a greater insight on what my final four scholarly reviews should gear towards.

With regard to our class discussions, I found the samples of my peers’ organization of references very helpful. In fact, Jason Dunbar and Tiann Vetter said I could copy their scholarly review template for helping in the synthesis of my literature review. I found this tool to be incredibly helpful in identifying trends across my scholarly reviews. Aisha Jackson also offered insight on my survey disclosure statement. She reminded me of Stringer’s guidance around consent and participation. Therefore, bullets around confidentiality and participation have been added to my survey headings.

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The biggest lesson learned about consuming scholarly research was from Remi Holden’s video on research tips and tricks. By quickly determining the year of the article and scanning the references for relevancy and timeliness, I have been able to locate research articles faster. I believe that in our field of education technology it is especially important to focus on articles that are from recent years.

There is profound value in peer reviewed literature. The whole review process allows for the baton to be handed-off between researchers. An effective literature review can save a great deal of time in research and research methods. My literature review has helped me shape my methods into a survey that fits my participants’ lives and mull over what questions will elicit the most beneficial information.

The main question I keep working with is how to ask the right and truest questions of my participants. Writing effective survey questions is an art form. I am continually asking myself, “Is this question biased?” and, “Will that question get to the marrow of my research?”

In broadening the research question of how art engagement impact participants in a spiritual settings, I have to continually remind myself, that responses are going to be equally broad. Of course, art impacts a community, but how. The how of it, is what I find to be the most challenging piece to elicit from my questions. Currently, I have the following questions:

1) What are the affordances and limitations of engaging with music at A Center?

  • How do you define or describe your participation with music at A Center?
  • What is your favorite type of music offered at A Center?
  • Can you describe any benefits your feel by of engaging with music at A Center?
    • Can you describe any emotional responses you feel to the music?
    • Can you describe any connection your might feel to the music?
  • Does anything prevent you from engaging with music at A Center?
    • Can you describe any emotional responses you feel when you cannot engage with music?
    • Can you describe any disconnection your might feel when you cannot engage with music?

2) How do the Sunday practices allow for the creation and sharing of the music?

  • How does the practice of attending Sunday services at Althea help you engage with music?
  • How do the musical practice of Sunday services make you feel?
  • How does listening allow you to engage with a musical performance?
  • How does singing allow you to engage with congregational song?

Per guidance from Pastor J, my best bet for participation would be paper surveys, versus electronic surveys. I agree because I can stand up at a service and ask people to consider completing the surveys. By letting them know I’ll be posted-up at a certain table to collect the surveys and answer questions will also help people follow-through. My gut is also telling me to keep the surveys to one page. People on their way out of church will not necessarily want to answer a pamphlet of questions.

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