Teachers' views of constructivist theory: a qualitative study illuminating relationships between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice

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Cleaver, David and Ballantyne, Julie. 2014. "Teachers' views of constructivist theory: a qualitative study illuminating relationships between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice." International Journal of Music Education. 32 (2), pp. 228-241. https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761413508066
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Teachers' views of constructivist theory: a qualitative study illuminating relationships between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice

ERA Journal ID9994
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCleaver, David (Author) and Ballantyne, Julie (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Music Education
Journal Citation32 (2), pp. 228-241
Number of Pages14
Year2014
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0255-7614
1448-3238
1744-795X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761413508066
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0255761413508066
Abstract

While constructivist theory is widely promoted in pre-service music teacher education, there has been a lack of research conducted to reveal the ways in which the theory is individually personalised, then subsumed, translated and adopted into in-service classroom teaching practice. To address this shortfall, this paper explores some of the ways that music teachers individually apply their understanding of the philosophically generated ideas and the cognitive concepts and principles that are broadly regarded as 'constructivist'.

In seeking to contribute to professional dialogue and debate surrounding this matter, this study seeks to illuminate how a small sample of music teachers engages both theoretically and practically with constructivist views of learning. Using a qualitative approach, the researchers incorporated staged, informal interviews with invited teacher participants. Preliminary analyses of interview data were returned to the participants for review and further commentary. This process was designed to contribute to both the trustworthiness of representation and to enhance the transactional process between participants and researchers. The commentaries are designed to problematize issues, raise points for discussion and the paper concludes with implications for practice in schools and universities.

Keywordsconstructivism; music education; music pedagogy; pre-service music teaching
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
University of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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