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ERIC Number: EJ916792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
A Ten Year Follow-Up Investigation of Preservice Generalist Primary Teachers' Background and Confidence in Teaching Music
Russell-Bowie, Deirdre
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p76-86 2010
This paper reports the findings of a study involving 138 NSW preservice generalist teachers and compares them with similar findings from a similar group of students from a previous study. Students' perceptions of their background in formal music education and their confidence in teaching music lessons are analysed. The paper also examines the data to identify if there is a correlation between the students' background and their confidence in music teaching. Results indicated that preservice teachers entering the creative arts unit had little formal music education and lacked confidence in teaching music lessons, however about half of them felt positive about teaching music lessons. These results are compared with current and past research as well as with the findings from the previous study and indicate that students in the previous study had a stronger formal musical background than those in the recent study. Further research suggestions are considered along with suggestions for addressing these challenges in Teacher Education courses. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia