Inclusive pedagogies in music education: A comparative study of music teachers' perspectives from four countries

Burnard, Pamela, Dillon, Steven C., Rusinek, Gabriel, & Saether, Eva (2008) Inclusive pedagogies in music education: A comparative study of music teachers' perspectives from four countries. International Journal of Music Education, 26(2), pp. 109-126.

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Amongst the many challenges for classroom music practitioners is developing inclusive pedagogies which celebrate difference, promote inclusive learning experiences and overcomes learner disaffection in reaching the young people most at risk of exclusion, topics which are globally receiving considerable public exposure and attention. The findings reported in this article form part of a wider comparative research project investigating the pedagogies of music teachers working in challenging contexts. This article highlights one strand of the study involving teacher perspectives from accounts of pedagogy documented through interviews and observations. The complex ways in which teachers achieve inclusion in their music classrooms is best understood in connection with the interplay of policies, structures, culture and values specific to schools, from what is country specific or culture bound, and how the particular school serves young people on the margins of society in trying to create an environment where students can succeed musically. Accounts offered by four teachers range from particular teacher and school strategies to management practices which promote pupil-pupil relations in and outside the classroom, to the way the school connects with its musical community. We conclude with what we can learn, as practitioners and researchers, from comparative accounts of pedagogy.

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ID Code: 8591
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: comparative research, inclusion, music teaching and learning, pedagogy, values and teaching strategies
DOI: 10.1177/0255761407088489
ISSN: 0255-7614
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, <International Journal of Music Education>, 26(2):pp. 109-126. 2008, © <SAGE Publications Ltd>
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

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