ERIC Number: EJ1099078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Gender and Musical Instrument Stereotypes in Middle School Children: Have Trends Changed?
Wrape, Elizabeth R.; Dittloff, Alexandra L.; Callahan, Jennifer L.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v34 n3 p40-47 Jun 2016
Previous studies have established that gender stereotypes are associated with children's choice of musical instrument. Though some have suggested that these gender stereotypes may be trending toward change, other studies have indicated that gender stereotypes are long-standing and still very much at issue. This descriptive study of middle school band students (N = 99) examined instrument gender stereotypes using improved methods of measurement and found evidence that instrument gender stereotypes remain entrenched and pose a persisting problem facing music educators. Importantly, younger and more inexperienced band members may be more open to counterstereotypical views. Suggested changes in research methods and directions for future study are discussed, as are implications for music educators.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Musical Instruments, Sex Stereotypes, Middle School Students, Music Education, Age Differences, Social Influences, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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