ERIC Number: EJ1052255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Created in Context: A Comparative Case Study of the Use of Music in Two Reggio Emilia-Inspired Schools
Bond, Vanessa L.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v43 n2 p119-126 Mar 2015
The purpose of this comparative case study was to investigate the use of music in two Reggio-inspired preschools in the United States. I used purposeful sampling to select two sites that represented contrasting sociocultural contexts: one urban school serving a Latino population from low socioeconomic backgrounds and one suburban early childhood center serving a Caucasian population from high socioeconomic backgrounds. Data were collected over a 2-week timespan at each location and included observation fieldnotes, interview transcripts, and recordings. Children's vocalizations and movement, audio recordings, and references to popular culture took center stage at the urban site, while chanting/intoning, playing instruments, and dialogue about music were the predominant musical happenings at the suburban location. The enhancing behaviors of adults at the suburban site seemed to encourage constant and more complex musicking. The uniquities between the two sites may be a reflection of values espoused and sources of funding in each sociocultural context.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Reggio Emilia Approach, Comparative Analysis, Case Studies, Music, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Observation, Interviews, Music Activities, Social Environment, Cultural Context
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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