Mapping Content Sequence of a Chinese Primary School Music Textbook Series Based on NVivo Data Analysis


  • Feiqun Shu -
  • Sakchai Hirunrak


Content Sequence, Music Textbooks, Primary School, NVivo 12, Heatmap


    This study analyzed a primary school music textbook series in China based on the data processed with the tools of NVivo 12 and gradient colored heatmap. The study had four main purposes: (1) mapping the content sequence of the series; (2) describing the state of the dimensions mapped pertaining content sequence; (3) identifying merits and drawbacks based on the evidence obtained from the statistics and mapping; (4) proposing ideas to improve the content sequence for revision and discussing possible models and directions for future studies on this issue. The findings showed that (1) this series basically covered dimensions required by China’s Music Curriculum Standards; (2) certain dimensions were distributed unevenly for proper content sequencing; (3) some subdimensions were heavily clustered around grades 3-4, leaving other grades neither to function beforehand as preparation nor to function continuously afterwards; (4) the content within certain subdimensions were found unbalanced for structured coverage; (5) strong points were found on smart designs sequentially for performing and skills, as well as music elements and concepts emphasized for learning music basics. The tools of NVivo and heatmap proved to be effective for testing content sequence of music textbooks. The researchers proposed ideas for better revision of the music textbooks and a preview of future studies were discussed. 


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How to Cite

Shu, F., & Hirunrak , S. . (2022). Mapping Content Sequence of a Chinese Primary School Music Textbook Series Based on NVivo Data Analysis. LAWARATH SOCIAL E – JOURNAL, 4(3), 183–202. Retrieved from