If the shoe doesn't fit: a case and a place for collaborative learning for music practice in higher education

Forbes, Melissa (2016) If the shoe doesn't fit: a case and a place for collaborative learning for music practice in higher education. Australian Journal of Music Education, 50 (1). pp. 53-62. ISSN 0004-9484

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This article reviews relevant literature to provide a rationale for the use of collaborative learning for first year music prractice courses at an Australian regional university. Higher music education is still grappling with the challenges posed by the Dawkins Review and ongoing reforms in the sector. These challenges include increased public accountability, budget cuts, larger and more diverse student cohorts, and a need to prepare the majority of students for portfolio careers. The rise of participatory culture poses additional challenges to the nature and purpose of today’s higher music education. Recently, increased interest in the use of collaborative learning has emerged as a way to respond to these challenges. In this article, the decision to implement collaborative learning at an Australian regional university is supported by an examination of the ways in which these systemic, institutional and cultural forces manifested as pedagogical challenges in this context. Theoretically, the introduction of collaborative learning is framed by Wenger’s social theory of learning and the literature on collaborative learning. Recent research also demonstrates the benefits of collaborative learning for higher music education. More than a budget-saving measure, this article posits that collaborative learning can be an effective alternative or supplement to existing pedagogical models in certain higher music education contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted version.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 05:27
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher music education, collaborative learning, social theory of learning, music performance tuition
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32895

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