ERIC Number: EJ739790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Nature of Paradigms and Paradigm Shifts in Music Education
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v13 n1 p37-75 Spr 2005
In this paper, the author attempts to extend the paradigm approach into the philosophy of music education and to build upon this basis a model for structuring music education discourse. The author begins with an examination of Peter Abbs' account of paradigms and paradigm shifts in arts education. Then she turns to Kuhn's conception and to his critics, and sketches, against the background of Kuhnian and post-Kuhnian debate in philosophy of science an alternative methodology which serves as a basis for the interpretation of the dynamics of music education theory. The author concludes that in contrast to theories, paradigms are hierarchical, multilevel structures that embrace the socio-psychological dimensions of the process of theory building and theory development.
Descriptors: Models, Music Education, Educational Philosophy, Theories, Music, Art Education, Aesthetic Education
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