Research directions: gender, technology and engagement in music

Ballantyne, Julie and Harrison, Scott (2005) Research directions: gender, technology and engagement in music. In: 27th Australian Association of Research in Music Education Conference, 24-27 Sept 2005, Sydney, Australia.


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Beyond sequencing and notation exercises, the traditional music teacher has been somewhat
conservative in embracing technology. In a study on the attributes necessary to teach music
effectively, pre-service and early-career music teachers did not mention skills and
knowledge in technology as highly important (Harrison, 2004; Harrison & Ballantyne,
2005). Experienced teachers, however, acknowledge the need for skills in managing
technology as one of the most important aspects of teaching in which proficiency is required
(Harrison, 2004). Given that technology is a major part of current education and life
practice, and that the current cohort of school students has not known a world without
technology, the perceptions of both music teachers and music students are worthy of
Technology is also perceived as a masculine pastime (Comber, Colley & Hargreaves, 1993).
The review of the literature reported here indicates that engagement with technology in
boys' schools is an area for future research. This paper describes a proposed project that
examines pre-service teacher motivation and confidence in the use of technology in schools
and which will seek to provide a template for professional learning about music technology
in pre-service and in-service phases.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: music teachers, technology, gender
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy

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