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ERIC Number: EJ1117547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Seeking Aporia: Experiences with Teaching Social Justice in the Undergraduate Music Education Program
Sears, Colleen
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v15 n5 p6-24 Oct 2016
Maxine Greene's (1995) concept of "wide awakeness" challenges educators to think outside routine and comfort. She asserts that morality in education depends upon educators' commitment to problematize transparent and oppressive norms by calling into question long held beliefs. Socrates referred to this process as aporia, a state of confusion that occurs when previously held assumptions are challenged and new understandings are formed. What role can aporia play in the undergraduate music education program? How can we encourage undergraduate music education students to identify and question Western, heterocentric, masculine norms that go undetected in the name of job training? In response to these questions, this paper will focus on the experience of engaging undergraduate music education students in social justice based, aporia-triggering experiences designed to broaden students' ideas about what constitutes a meaningful and valuable music education experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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