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ERIC Number: EJ948293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
The Rock Band Context as Discursive Governance in Music Education in Swedish Schools
Lindgren, Monica; Ericsson, Claes
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v9 n3 p35-54 Oct 2010
In this article, based on the results of a larger research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (Ericsson and Lindgren 2010), the authors discuss and problematize the rock band context in music education in Swedish compulsory schools in relation to governance and knowledge formation. The empirical material on which the study is based consists of video documentation of 9th grade music education at eight schools for one semester. The intention was to make the authors' sample as strategically representative as possible. The authors covered an area of about 400 km in the western part of Sweden. They also tried to choose schools in settings with different social and cultural structures, and schools situated in both urban and rural areas. Although they cannot claim that the results of their study are generally applicable to all music teaching in Sweden, it was possible to distinguish patterns and trends common among all the schools in their study. Because they assume that similar patterns might well be found in other schools as well, the authors highlight them in order to initiate discussion and reflection on these issues. The theoretical framework of the study is presented, followed by a brief overview of the results, which is discussed in relation to questions of power and governance and the consequences for pupils' opportunities for musical learning in contemporary Swedish schools. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden