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ERIC Number: EJ821327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Travelling Drum with Different Beats: Experiencing African Music and Culture in Australian Teacher Education
Joseph, Dawn
Teacher Development, v9 n3 p287-299 Oct 2005
This article reports on a study that examined the effectiveness of introducing African music and culture to Australian non-specialist primary teacher education students at Deakin University in Melbourne (Australia). The study demonstrates that African music enhanced the generic musical experiences, learning, motivation, interest, confidence and competence of students in their fourth year of teacher education. The research also addressed the significance and contribution of African music and culture as a cross-cultural experience for these beginning teachers who in turn could provide similar experiences for their own students. This study highlighted the author's role and cultural identity as a South African music educator in transmitting the music and culture represented in "the travelling drum" to a cohort of students with a predominantly Eurocentric orientation. By extension, this curriculum initiative broadened students' understanding and application of indigenous methods of teaching and learning as part of a global experience. Such a curriculum represents a pathway to many other forms of non-Western indigenous knowledge of music, culture and pedagogy that can be mapped out as a journey along a multicultural route towards "internationalising the curriculum".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Australia; South Africa