Children’s preferences for group musical activities in child care centres: a cross-cultural study

Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie and Ebbeck, Marjory (2009) Children’s preferences for group musical activities in child care centres: a cross-cultural study. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37 (2). pp. 103-111. ISSN 1082-3301


This paper reports on a cross-cultural research study of children’s preferences for group musical activities
in child care centres. A total of 228 young children aged
4–5 years in seven child care centres in Hong Kong and in
the Adelaide City of South Australia participated in the
study. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected via a mixed method approach. Result showed that dancing/moving was children’s most preferred musical activity in centres. Significant differences were found between children’s cultural contexts and their preferences for three activities: (1) Singing; (2) Listening; and (3) Playing instruments. Qualitative data further revealed the social phenomena of these two cultural contexts which influenced children’s preferences. Implications for the curriculum planning of early childhood music education arising from these findings are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 11:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood; musical preference; cross-cultural; music education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10643-009-0334-z

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