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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-009-0334-z
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Children’s preferences for group musical activities in child care centres: a cross-cultural study

ERA Journal ID20179
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsYim, Hoi Yin Bonnie (Author) and Ebbeck, Marjory (Author)
Journal TitleEarly Childhood Education Journal
Journal Citation37 (2), pp. 103-111
Number of Pages9
Year2009
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
ISSN0092-4199
1082-3301
1573-1707
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-009-0334-z
Web Address (URL)http://www.springerlink.com/content/cl516810qm453874/fulltext.pdf
Abstract

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.

Keywordsearly childhood; musical preference; cross-cultural; music education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
390302. Early childhood education
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
University of South Australia
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