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ERIC Number: ED492390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-7
Pages: 39
Abstractor: Author
Experience Meets Experience: Dewey's Theory and Preservice Music Teachers' Learning
Schmidt, Margaret
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, Apr 7-11, 2006)
This qualitative study, grounded in Dewey's theory of experience, explores what six recent graduates claimed to learn from a university music teacher education program's methods course, early field experiences, and student teaching. These teachers identified common elements of learning from the course, although they shaped and applied those principles in idiosyncratic ways. As Dewey's theory suggests, the course instructors could direct the preservice teachers' learning through structured experiences, but could not control what was learned; the teachers themselves gave meaning to their learning in the course, field experiences, and student teaching. Findings suggest that structured course experiences, along with opportunities for independent practice in authentic situations and easy access to mentors, facilitated reasonable correspondence between what the course instructors believed they taught and what the teachers learned.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A