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ERIC Number: EJ1039599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Narrative Texture: The Layering of Voices in a Secondary Classroom for Learners with Special Needs
Blair, Deborah V.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 n12 Oct 2013
In this paper I explore the layers of voices represented in a classroom of high school students with special needs. As their guest music teacher, I learned about their strengths and challenges, their teachers, and their engagement with music. Issues of inclusion, access, privacy, and personal bias confronted me as I worked to construct narratives that honored the students' story of school. To address, in particular, the issue of bias, I explored representations of the data (Blair, 2010) in various formats (Lather & Smithies, 1997; Smith, 2009) and considered the influence of formatting to engage/disengage the reader (Barone, 1900, 1995). Here, I first share a narrative written from the learners' perspective followed by a narrative layered with my voice as the teacher-researcher. The metaphor of "musical texture" frames this paper and serves to enable the reader a glimpse into the students' musical ideas within their compositions as well as the multi-layered roles and perspectives within this special classroom.
Descriptors: High School Students, Special Needs Students, Music Education, Personal Narratives, Special Education, Access to Education, Inclusion, Privacy, Bias, Musical Composition, Teacher Researchers, Music Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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