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ERIC Number: EJ1217667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Musical Pathfinders of the Kindergarten
Knudsen, Jan Sverre; Aglen, Gry Sagmo; Danbolt, Ingrid; Engesnes, Nina
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v20 n2 p163-176 Jun 2019
Based on an empirical study in selected Norwegian kindergartens, this article investigates the practice of musically active employees, with or without professional training. The overarching aim is to develop an understanding of early childhood music practitioners that may challenge dominant views of professional identity and provide some new images of what it means to work musically in a kindergarten. Departing from a sociological approach, five different 'musical pathfinders' are identified: the disc jockey, the facilitator, the choir leader, the caregiver and the performer. These 'ideal types' are discussed in the light of issues concerning cultural diversity, negotiations of professionalism, repertoire selection, the use of music technology, children's participation, and the relationship between formal and informal learning. The discussion raises critical questions concerning music activity in early childhood institutions, highlighting professionals' personal cultural experiences, preferences and practices as legitimate points of reference in the development of professional identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway (Oslo)