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ERIC Number: EJ1016488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
A Study of Children's Musical Preference: A Data Mining Approach
Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie; Boo, Yee Ling; Ebbeck, Marjory
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v39 n2 Article 2 Feb 2014
Musical preference has long been a research interest in the field of music education, and studies consistently confirm the importance of musical preference in one's musical learning experiences. However, only a limited number of studies have been focussed on the field of early childhood education (e.g., Hargreaves, North, & Tarrant, 2006; Roulston, 2006). Further, among these limited early childhood studies, few of them discuss children's musical preference in both the East and the West. There is very limited literature (e.g., Faulkner et al., 2010; Szymanska, 2012) which explores the data by using a data mining approach. This study aims to bridge the research gaps by examining children's musical preference in Hong Kong and in South Australia by applying a data mining technique--Self Organising Maps (SOM), which is a clustering method that groups similar data objects together. The application of SOM is new in the field of early childhood education and also in the study of children's musical preference. This paper specifically aims to expand a previous study (Yim & Ebbeck, 2009) by conducting deeper investigations into the existing datasets, for the purpose of uncovering insights that have not been identified through data mining approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hong Kong
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