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ERIC Number: EJ866235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Towards Constructions of Musical Childhoods: Diversity and Digital Technologies
Young, Susan
Early Child Development and Care, v179 n6 p695-705 Aug 2009
The changing economic, social, cultural and technological circumstances in which children live impact significantly on the ways in which early childhood is both viewed and experienced. Understanding the implications, the potentials, the challenges that arise as a consequence of the diversity and technological changes that characterise contemporary childhoods is crucial for early childhood researchers and educators. Conventionally, music education research has focussed on the details of practice and children's musical behaviours drawing on traditions of developmental psychology. It has been insufficiently interested in wider social and cultural processes. The questions this article debates are largely prompted by the relatively new field of childhood studies; strongly sociological and anthropological in orientation. To illustrate its arguments, the article discusses two recent research projects: a study of young children's musical activity in the home focusing on their use of karaoke and a practice-based project in early childhood centres serving British Muslim communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)