ERIC Number: EJ1076888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
The Trumpet Metaphor: A Narrative of a Teacher's Mid-Career Pedagogical Change from Formal to Informal Learning Practices
Abramo, Joseph Michael; Austin, Stephen C.
Research Studies in Music Education, v36 n1 p57-73 Jun 2014
By exploring "the trumpet" as a metaphor, a successful mid-career instrumental teacher and a teacher educator jointly conducted a narrative inquiry into pedagogy used with a high school composition class. In particular, they focused on the dilemmas that arose when, within this class setting, the instrumental teacher implemented informal learning practices for the first time. This teacher struggled as he shifted from the teacher-directed pedagogy he employed in concert band instrumental instruction, to the social-constructivist pedagogy he felt was required of the composition class. As he began implementing informal learning practices, this teacher questioned both the value of his identity as a classical musician and the effectiveness of social-constructivist strategies, finding dialogue and small-group problem solving to be an inefficient use of class time. Despite these struggles, or because of them, he grew as an educator. Based on these findings, it is suggested that teacher educators should consider addressing the complex challenges to identity and epistemology that initial engagement with informal learning and social-constructivism may elicit from practicing and pre-service educators.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Constructivism (Learning), Informal Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Efficiency, Musical Composition, Educational Practices, Professional Identity, Personal Narratives, Inquiry
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