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International perspectives on pedagogies of inclusion in music education : theorising practice

Saether, Eva , Ballantyn, Julie, Ruthmann, Alex , Dillon, Steven C., & Harrison, Scott (2008) International perspectives on pedagogies of inclusion in music education : theorising practice. In Symposium : International Perspectives on Pedagogies of Inclusion in Music Education : Theorising Practice, Bologna Italy, International Society for Music Education. (Unpublished)

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Music education needs to move beyond a fragmented and superficial treatment of diversity. We live in a world where issues of achievement, social equality, learner disaffection and teaching strategies are issues which are rightly at the forefront of educational issues. Despite this, music teachers working with disaffected learners in areas where there is risk of social exclusion are confronted with difficulties: most of them have not been professionally trained for the present situation and lack materials, methods and support for reflection.

This Symposium builds on the growing interest in this area . A central tenet of the issue is that if researchers are to understand and characterise pedagogies of inclusion in the context of music education, they need to examine the nature and influence of the interactions, relationships and cultures which constitute and sustain such activity. We also need to move thinking forward on what constitutes effective pedagogies of inclusion undertaken in music education of relevance to researchers and practitioners in inclusion in music and across other domains.

In this symposium, authors from around the world (including Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, the UK, the USA and Canada) each offer a distinctive and valuable contribution to this growing field of scholarship, presenting a wide variety of perspectives, experiences and pedagogical approaches relating to inclusive practice in music education. The aim of this roundtable discussion is thus to: i.explore the complex interplay of culture, values and music pedagogy on issues relating to social inclusion, prompting further discussion on what is universal in inclusive music education and what is country-specific or culture-bound; ii.shed light on distinctive pedagogies in music education that aim to ‘include’ those students who would by otherwise excluded; and iii.pose questions relating to ways that individual teachers can learn, borrow or adapt pedagogies developed in accordance with the needs of the students. At the end of this symposium, audience members will be encouraged join the discussion on pedagogies of inclusion, sharing their own experiences and highlighting future areas for research in this growing area.

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ID Code: 18150
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Keywords: Inclusion, Music Education, Comparative Education, teacher education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2009 11:32
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 08:49

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