Music in early childhood education: teachers’ levels of confidence and happiness

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Ebbeck, Marjory, Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie and Lee, Lai Wan Maria. 2008. "Music in early childhood education: teachers’ levels of confidence and happiness." Australian Journal of Music Education. 2, pp. 22-30.
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Music in early childhood education: teachers’ levels of confidence and happiness

ERA Journal ID40391
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEbbeck, Marjory (Author), Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie (Author) and Lee, Lai Wan Maria (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Music Education
Journal Citation2, pp. 22-30
Number of Pages9
Year2008
Place of PublicationParkville, Victoria
ISSN0004-9484
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=605062196690559;res=IELHSS
Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study which investigates early childhood teachers’ levels of confidence
and happiness in conducting music activities with young children. A sample of 284 in-service and preservice
early childhood teachers in Hong Kong participated in the study. Two new research instruments entitled Teachers Music Confidence Scale (TMCS) and Teachers Happiness Scale (THS) were designed for data collection to answer the research questions. Results showed that early childhood teachers have the highest and the lowest level of confidence in singing and composing/improvising respectively. In-service
teachers showed higher confidence and happiness levels in conducting several musical activities with young children than pre-service teachers. There was also a statistically significant relationship between these two variables. Implications for engagement in music are discussed in the paper.

Keywordsmusic education, early childhood, confidence, happiness, teacher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390302. Early childhood education
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Public Notes

Contact email: Hoi.Yim@usq.edu.au. Author's verison unavailable. Copyright 2008 Australian Society for Music Education (ASME).

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of South Australia
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