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ERIC Number: EJ814684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
From Hadow to Gittins: A Music Education Framed by the People or for the People--Cultural Aspirations and Official Validation of Primary School Music in Wales
Beauchamp, Gary
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v35 n2 p127-135 Sep 2003
The official baptism of primary education offered in the "Hadow Report" of 1926 signalled a new beginning for "elementary" education. The indication that primary education would form the basis of a progressive and continuing education until the age of 14 was an important statement of intent. However, if Hadow signified the baptism of primary education, its coming-of-age in Wales, and the beginning of another developmental stage, was marked by the report "Primary Education in Wales," chaired by Professor Charles Gittins, just over 40 years later in 1967. As the First report of Central Advisory Council for Education (Wales) "to be concerned with a general survey of primary education," the Gittins report of 1967 can be regarded as a landmark document. With identical terms of reference to the influential Plowden report of the same year in England, "Primary Education in Wales" nevertheless reflected the explicit aspirations of a small nation with its own cultural heritage, language and specific demographic considerations. Part of this cultural heritage was, and still is, the role and position of music both within the culture and the curriculum. In this article, the author assesses whether music education in schools was framed "by" the people or "for" the people. He examines a range of books, journals and official publications published in the period under review to compare and contrast views from the "people" presented therein with those contained in official reports and other associated publications. (Contains 40 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)