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This book is dedicated to the memory of Carl Leggo, a poet and professor of Language Arts at the University of British Columbia, who was a shining beacon in arts education in Canada, a mentor to many, and a friend to many more.

Arts education research has increased significantly since the beginning of the new millennium. This book, the first of two volumes, captures some of the exciting developments in Canada. This volume highlights the work of members of the Arts Teachers and Researchers Society (ARTS)/La societé des chercheurs et des enseignants des arts (SCEA) who have willingly shared their research since the founding of the society in 1999–2000. The Arts Teachers and Researchers Society (ARTS)/La societé des chercheurs et des enseignants des arts (SCEA) is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS), which is in turn, a constituent association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).

In addition, I would like to acknowledge the funding provided for this project by the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and the assistance of Megan Lummiss, PhD candidate, in proof-reading the manuscript. Also, a special thanks to Kate Greenway for her artwork, entitled Lines of Force, for the frontispiece.