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ERIC Number: ED428020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-17
Pages: 58
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The Effects of Teacher Certification on Student Achievement of Music Instruction Goals and Objectives.
Zirkle, Janet E.
This study focused on the extent to which teacher certifications influence student achievement in the elementary music curriculum. It examined the roles of music specialists, classroom teachers, and visiting artists in the instruction of elementary school music, hypothesizing that students taught by a music specialist will attain higher achievement levels on their selected instructional goals and objectives than those who are taught by the regularly certified classroom teacher. It further hypothesized that the difference in achievement levels will be greater at fourth grade level than at second grade level. The study sample came from grades 2 and 4 at two north central West Virginia elementary schools--34 students from one school (Watson) and 29 students from the other school (Lumberport). Pretests and posttests accompanying the Silver Burdette Music series were administered. In the 12 weeks following the pretest, the classroom teachers at Lumberport and the specialist at Watson continued with their normal methods of music instruction; posttests were administered after this period. No significant differences were found in the second grade pretests, but the Watson second grade class scored significantly higher than the Lumberport second graders on the posttests. The Watson fourth graders scored significantly higher on the pretests, and a wider advantage was found for Watson students at the posttest level. Findings support music specialist instruction for a comprehensive music curriculum. Includes t-tests. Contains 44 references. Sample posttests are appended. (BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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