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ERIC Number: EJ916790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
The Perilous Path from Proposal to Practice: A Qualitative Program Evaluation of a Regional Music Program
Grimmett, Helen; Rickard, Nikki S.; Gill, Anneliese; Fintan, Murphy
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p52-65 2010
The current paper retrospectively evaluates the efficacy of implementing a large-scale music education program into a regional cluster of Victorian primary schools. The program's primary aim was to increase access and quality of music education for students in these rural schools. The methods utilized to evaluate the program and the discrepancies between intended and implemented program are first described. Thematic analyses from qualitative data from principals, music teachers, parents and students are then reported, revealing that while increased access to music education was indeed achieved, the quality of the program and its impact in schools was not as high as intended. An impact evaluation of the program revealed that the recipient needs and resources were not sufficiently incorporated into the program's goals, and as a result, the program design may not have been the best ft for this community. A set of recommendations for implementing future music education programs is provided, with an emphasis on optimizing sustainability in regional areas. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia