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ERIC Number: EJ1039559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-2
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
Neuroscience, Music Education and the Pre-Service Primary (Elementary) Generalist Teacher
Collins, Anita
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v15 n5 Sep 2014
For three decades, research on training in music education for pre-service primary (elementary) generalist teachers has consistently highlighted four main issues that limit its effectiveness: 1) the influence of past experiences; 2) a lack of confidence 3) a lack of musical competence and 4) limited time to address these issues in teacher education courses. These issues have been addressed through different pedagogical approaches that have been largely based on the aesthetic (intrinsic) value of music education. The study reported in this paper aimed to advance this field of research through a pedagogical approach that combined both aesthetic (intrinsic) and utilitarian (instrumental) values of music education. Pre-service generalist primary teachers were exposed to the neuroscientific research findings during a teaching intervention to explore if a combination of aesthetic and scientific justifications affected the value they placed on music education and their confidence and competence in teaching music. The study found that exposure to the broader benefits of music education to brain development heightened levels of confidence, commitment and responsibility for the delivery of effective music education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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