ERIC Number: EJ778799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Singing under a Tree: Does Oral Culture Help Lower Primary Teachers Be Learner-Centred?
International Journal of Educational Development, v22 n3-4 p321-337 Apr-Jul 2002
The work of experienced and student lower primary teachers in three schools in Southern Malawi was studied, using lesson observations, interviews and pupil tests. The use teachers make of songs is given as an example of how they use oral culture. The function of songs in lessons is mainly to manage the class rather than to teach content, in contrast to the emphasis in official curriculum materials. The ways in which songs indirectly support learning by ameliorating some of the difficult teaching and learning conditions are described. It is argued that teachers respond to the situation of the learners as a group, which leads to a critical examination of common interpretations of learner-centred teaching. Several implications of the study for teacher education and research are highlighted.
Descriptors: Oral Tradition, Foreign Countries, Student Centered Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers, Observation, Interviews, Testing, Singing, Music, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Malawi