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Travelling drum with different beats: experiencing African music and culture in Australian teacher education

Joseph, Dawn 2005, Travelling drum with different beats: experiencing African music and culture in Australian teacher education, Teacher development: an international journal of teachers' professional development, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 287-300.

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Title Travelling drum with different beats: experiencing African music and culture in Australian teacher education
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Journal name Teacher development: an international journal of teachers' professional development
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 287
End page 300
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2005-10
ISSN 1366-4530
1747-5120
Keyword(s) Teachers -- In-service training
Teachers -- Training of
Career development
Summary This article reports on a study that examined the effectiveness of introducing African music and culture to Australian non-specialist primary teacher education students at Deakin University in Melbourne (Australia). The study demonstrates that African music enhanced the generic musical experiences, learning, motivation, interest, confidence and competence of students in their fourth year of teacher education. The research also addressed the significance and contribution of African music and culture as a cross-cultural experience for these beginning teachers who in turn could provide similar experiences for their own students. This study highlighted the author's role and cultural identity as a South African music educator in transmitting the music and culture represented in 'the travelling drum' to a cohort of students with a predominantly Eurocentric orientation. By extension, this curriculum initiative broadened students' understanding and application of indigenous methods of teaching and learning as part of a global experience. Such a curriculum represents a pathway to many other forms of non-Western indigenous knowledge of music, culture and pedagogy that can be mapped out as a journey along a multicultural route towards 'internationalising the curriculum'.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 October 2005
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002922

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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