ERIC Number: EJ846809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Hard and Soft Policies in Music Education: Building the Capacity of Teachers to Understand, Study, and Influence Them
Jones, Patrick M.
Arts Education Policy Review, v110 n4 p27-32 Sum 2009
Music education exists within a web of policies. Those most often identified by music teachers and professional associations are the policies imposed on the profession by governmental and regulatory bodies. Advocacy efforts to change policy are mostly directed toward these bodies. However, the practice of music education is perhaps more influenced by subtle policies that affect teachers' values, expectations, and practices. In this article, Nye's concepts of "hard" and "soft" power are adapted and used as a paradigm for categorization and analysis of policy to illustrate this situation. Using this model reveals that while some hard policies specific to music education advocate a progressive music education, other hard policies may interfere with this agenda and soft policies seem to maintain the status quo. Recommendations are made for building the capacity of teachers to understand, study, and influence policy.
Descriptors: Music Education, Advocacy, Music Teachers, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Political Influences, Social Influences, Political Power, Teacher Empowerment
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Education Level: Higher Education
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