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ERIC Number: ED138584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-20
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Teacher Perceived Problems of General Music in Inner City Junior High Schools With Implications for Teacher Education.
Duncan, Roberto A.
This document reports a survey of junior high school general music (nonperformance) teachers in Los Angeles County, conducted to obtain data for teacher education curriculum planning in light of teacher-perceived instructional problems involving disadvantaged learners. The study was conducted to (1) identify teacher-perceived problems of general music education in inner-city junior high schools; (2) to determine the severity of the problems; (3) to make recommendations for inservice and preservice education of teachers for coping with these problems. Data was elicited through a questionnaire grouping problem items into five areas: curriculum planning, teaching techniques, materials identification and procurement, motivation, and administration. All (with the exception of administration) were considered serious problems by respondents. General recommendations suggest (1) the development of ungraded and varying-level music textbooks, and (2) a focus on approaches involving opportunities to create, perform, and listen to music, while requiring little or no reading ability. Specific recommendations for teacher education are that teachers should be prepared to (1) determine learning styles, musical achievement, and abilities of disadvantaged students; (2) to use principles of learning related to the pacing of instruction and to provide positive reinforcement; (3) to use various instructional modes, especially alternatives to the reading mode of instruction; (4) to develop in-depth cultural, sociological, and psychological understanding of disadvantaged students. An extensive bibliography of published works, periodicals, and unpublished materials is appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California