ERIC Number: ED355155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
What in the World Is Music in "World of Music?" A Critique of a Commonly Used Textbook Series. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 76.
May, Wanda T.
This report analyzes the 1988 edition of the Silver Burdett & Ginn (SBG) "World of Music" elementary music textbook series and in particular critiques the materials for grades 1-6. The study was guided by a large set of framing questions requiring a detailed examination of the series' goals, rationale, and structure; content selection, organization, and emphasis; the coherence of content explication in the student text; suggestions made to teacher-users about the kinds of teaching, learning, and classroom discourse that should occur; the nature of the activities and assignments provided and/or suggested in the text lessons and ancillary materials; and the purposes and nature of assessment and evaluation of student learning that was provided and recommended. Silver Burdett & Ginn is a publisher with a long, respected history in publishing music textbooks. Perhaps by trying to be all things to all people, the 1988 edition of "World of Music" failed to provide a coherent vision of music education and what teaching/learning for musical understanding could look like and entail. This detailed critique points out the numerous ways in which the possibilities for meaningful learning in music were thwarted at almost every turn without a compelling vision to guide teachers and students along the way. A list of 35 references is included and 3 appendices are attached. Appendix A provides the framing questions used in the study; Appendix B contains a transcript of the original notes and summary comments on the Activity Sheets for grades 2 and 5; and Appendix C contains the original notes and summary of the assessment and evaluation. (Author/LBG)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Music Education, Teacher Role, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($16).
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.