What music teachers want: the emergence of a unified understanding of an ideal teacher education course

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Ballantyne, Julie. 2006. "What music teachers want: the emergence of a unified understanding of an ideal teacher education course." Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 31 (1), pp. 1-11.
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What music teachers want: the emergence of a unified understanding of an ideal teacher education course

ERA Journal ID20742
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AuthorBallantyne, Julie
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Journal Citation31 (1), pp. 1-11
Year2006
PublisherEdith Cowan University
Place of PublicationMt. Lawley, W.A., Australia
ISSN0313-5373
Web Address (URL)http://www.ecu.edu.au/ses/educ/AJTE/ajte.html
Abstract

[Abstract]: 'Burnout' and praxis shock are causing music teachers to leave the profession early. Much research suggests that this is a reflection on the quality of teacher education programs. Interviews with teachers in their first four years in the secondary music classroom reveal how they view their preservice preparation, and therefore provide an insight into how preservice teacher education might be effectively reconceptualised. This paper explores the relationship between Zeichner and Liston's (1990) teacher education 'traditions' and early-career music teachers' perceptions of an 'ideal' teacher education course. Analyses of interviews with 15 early-career secondary classroom music teachers suggest the emergence of a common understanding regarding the design of effective music teacher education programs. Rather than representing any of Zeichner and Liston's four traditions in particular, early-career music teachers speak of a music teacher education approach that incorporates all of the traditions in an integrated way. This understanding of an 'ideal' teacher education course should be considered when designing or reconceptualising teacher education courses in order to provide improved opportunities for future music teachers.

Keywordsmusic teacher education, teacher education, music teachers, effectiveness, ideal
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Catholic University
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