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ERIC Number: EJ801015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Hard Bargaining on the Hard Drive: Gender Bias in the Music Technology Classroom
Armstrong, Victoria
Gender and Education, v20 n4 p375-386 Jul 2008
Drawing on empirical data, this paper examines gender issues around the use of digital technologies for music composition. Increased investment in digital music technologies in music classrooms in the United Kingdom has produced a situation whereby "composition" has become synonymous with "music technology suite". While this has generated much discussion around issues of pedagogy and educational outcomes, there has been less attention paid to the sociological aspects of this digital shift. Consequently, these discussions ignore the socially constructed nature of computers and computer use thereby overlooking the gendered implications of confining composition to digitally mediated processes. By drawing on perspectives from the sociology of science and technology studies (STS), I offer a critical exploration of the processes and practices within the music classroom as they contribute to the gendering of digital technologies, and their impact on pupils' attitudes to composition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom