Effectiveness of preservice music teacher education programs: perceptions of early-career music teachers

Ballantyne, Julie and Packer, Jan (2004) Effectiveness of preservice music teacher education programs: perceptions of early-career music teachers. Music Education Research, 6 (3). pp. 299-312. ISSN 1461-3808

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[Abstract]: The quality of teaching in schools is directly linked to the quality of preservice preparation that
teachers receive. This is particularly important in the area of music teacher education, given the
unique challenges that classroom music teachers commonly face. This paper reports on research
designed to investigate the knowledge and skills that early-career music teachers perceive to be
necessary to function effectively in the classroom, and their perceptions of the effectiveness of
current teacher education programs in preparing them to teach secondary classroom music.
Questionnaires were completed by 76 secondary classroom music teachers in their first three years
of teaching in Queensland, Australia. Importance-Performance Analysis was used to determine
those areas of the preservice course that constituted a high priority for attention. The findings
suggest that preservice teachers need increased support in their development of pedagogical
content knowledge and skills, and non-pedagogical professional content knowledge and skills.
This research provides an empirical basis for reconceptualising music teacher education courses
and raises important issues that music teacher educators need to address in order to ensure that
graduates are adequately prepared for classroom music teaching.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publisher's copyright requirements have been met. Paper originally presented at the International Society of Music Education Conference, Tenerife, July 2004.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: music teacher education, teacher education, music teachers, perceptions, effectiveness, Queensland
Fields of Research : 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
Identification Number or DOI: DOI: 10.1080/1461380042000281749
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/901

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