The concept of evidence in research in (music) education The article discusses concepts about evidence and their relevance for research related to an educational or specifically a music education practice. After a short review of definitions of evidence a model is presented to illustrate a view of education comparable with the idea of new public management. As an example of current research in education, inspired by new public management, considerations of the investigation "The good examples" (Fink-Jensen et al., 2004; Mehlbye & Ringsmose, 2004; Munk et al., 2004) are presented. This investigation initiated by the then Educational secretary of Denmark was about school practice and it was inspired by research in "best practice" that is widespread in the Anglo-American world. Basically this investigation relied on a traditional concept of global evidence, i.e. results should have general validity across contexts. Yet, the concept of global evidence turned out to be irrelevant for the part of the investigation concerning classroom observations. An example of result developed as part of the investigation is presented, and it is discussed what concept of evidence is relevant for "good examples".
Nordisk Musikkpedagogisk Forskning Årbok 9 2007: Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook Vol. 9 2007, 2007, p. 213-222