ERIC Number: EJ1077120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Blogging through the Music Student Teaching Experience: Developing Virtual Communities of Practice
Fitzpatrick, Kate R.
Research Studies in Music Education, v36 n1 p91-105 Jun 2014
Within educational settings, well-developed web-based social networking technologies such as interactive weblogs (blogs) can serve to effectively facilitate and mediate interactions among members of a "community of practice" (Chong, 2008; Wenger, White, & Smith, 2009). The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of an interactive class blog with a group of undergraduate students (N = 9) enrolled in an American music education student teaching seminar. Specific research questions concerned the alignment of the class blog posts with the three characteristics of the communities of practice model (Wenger, 1998). Analysis of the blog posts, comments, descriptive surveys, and a researcher journal demonstrate that the virtual community did indeed align with the community of practice model in terms of a shared focus on varied aspects of the student teaching experience, a pattern of virtual interactions that demonstrates the formation of a community, and a shared repertoire of resources.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Music, Music Education, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Student Teaching, Student Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Seminars, Alignment (Education), Teacher Education, Case Studies, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Influences
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