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ERIC Number: EJ879077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8755-1233
Teachers of Adult Music Learners: An Assessment of Characteristics and Instructional Practices, Preparation, and Needs
Bowles, Chelcy L.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v28 n2 p50-59 2010
This study investigated characteristics and experiences of teachers of adult music learners, instructional aspects they perceive to be unique to teaching adults, and their self-perceived needs in providing quality experiences for adult learners. A 25-item questionnaire investigating the topics of preparation, goals, methodology, materials, evaluation, behavior management, and attitudes was distributed to instructors with 2 or more years of experience teaching adult learners. Most of the 66 respondents were highly experienced (74% having taught adults 6 or more years), and they provided information about issues unique to teaching adults or that might be similar for teaching music at any age level. Respondents indicated that methodologies should be flexible and individualized, expressed a desire for age-appropriate materials, and said that training specific to adult teaching is advantageous. The longevity and breadth of teaching experience and consistency of responses across demographic variables are indicative of issues that have implications for the profession. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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