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ERIC Number: EJ1222331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1321-103X
Structure and Agency in Novice Music Teaching
Powell, Sean Robert
Research Studies in Music Education, v41 n2 p206-218 Jul 2019
Using multiple interviews and observations, I chronicled the experiences of three novice music teachers in the United States over a 2-year period, including their student teaching internships and first years of in-service teaching. I analyzed these experiences through the lens of "strong structuration" theory, Stones's (2005) extension and elaboration of Giddens's (1984) original "structuration" theory. My guiding research questions were: a) How do the structures of music teaching within public schools in the U.S. enable and inhibit the agency of novice music teachers? and, b) How do the practices of novice music teachers reproduce, sustain, and change the structures of music education? I discuss how teacher educators, preservice teachers, and in-service teachers can work together in dialogue to assist novice music teachers in cultivating agential resistance by developing perceptions of power/capability, adequate knowledge, and requisite reflective distance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas