Teachers' views of constructivist theory: a qualitative study illuminating relationships between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice

Cleaver, David and Ballantyne, Julie (2014) Teachers' views of constructivist theory: a qualitative study illuminating relationships between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice. International Journal of Music Education, 32 (2). pp. 228-241. ISSN 0255-7614

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Abstract

While constructivist theory is widely promoted in pre-service music teacher education, there has been a lack of research conducted to reveal the ways in which the theory is individually personalised, then subsumed, translated and adopted into in-service classroom teaching practice. To address this shortfall, this paper explores some of the ways that music teachers individually apply their understanding of the philosophically generated ideas and the cognitive concepts and principles that are broadly regarded as 'constructivist'.
In seeking to contribute to professional dialogue and debate surrounding this matter, this study seeks to illuminate how a small sample of music teachers engages both theoretically and practically with constructivist views of learning. Using a qualitative approach, the researchers incorporated staged, informal interviews with invited teacher participants. Preliminary analyses of interview data were returned to the participants for review and further commentary. This process was designed to contribute to both the trustworthiness of representation and to enhance the transactional process between participants and researchers. The commentaries are designed to problematize issues, raise points for discussion and the paper concludes with implications for practice in schools and universities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 01:31
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: constructivism; music education; music pedagogy; pre-service music teaching
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0255761413508066
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24197

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