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The blind men and the elephant : music education in a changing world

Joseph, Dawn and Southcott, Jane 2006, The blind men and the elephant : music education in a changing world, in AARME 2006 : Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Australian Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : 24-26 September 2006 : Music education, standards and practices, AARME, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 66-70.

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Title The blind men and the elephant : music education in a changing world
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Southcott, Jane
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Music Education. Conference (28th : 2006 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 24 - 26 September 2006
Title of proceedings AARME 2006 : Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Australian Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : 24-26 September 2006 : Music education, standards and practices
Editor(s) de Vries, Peter
Southcott, Jane
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 66
End page 70
Publisher AARME
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Education -- Curricula -- Australia
Music in education
Multicultural education -- Australia
Music -- Instruction and study -- Australia
Summary Education provides unique opportunities for individuals to develop their full character as Australian citizens who can play a part in the shaping of the future. All educational settings have an important role to play in bridging differences and promoting mutual respect, tolerance and understanding between people of different races, cultures, and religions. The curriculum is one component of the wider educational milieu that should be 'an enabling mechanism that nurtures adjustment to change, and simultaneously provides a roadmap of expectation' (Bruniges, 2005, p.15). As the rate and diversity of both local and global change accelerates, education continues to be faced with a multiplicity of challenges. The ways in which we respond to this will influence both the society and the curriculum that we design, implement and evaluate. Currently music educators implementing the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) are faced with the challenge of developing multicultural practices that align with both curriculum initiatives and create authentic experiences for students. As in the well-known story of the blind men and the elephant, teachers are faced with resources that offer only a shallow introduction to what is a multifaceted field. The question we pose is: 'How do educators embrace a vast range of cultural and social dimensions in our school music programmes without being like a blind man, grasping only one perspective of an extensive and complex whole?'
Notes Also Titled: Australian Association for Research in Music Education : proceedings of the XXVIIIth annual conference : Music education, standards and practices, 24-26 September 2006 Proceedings of the Twenty Eighth Annual Conference Music education, standards and practice
ISBN 9780980311617
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2006, AARME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006174

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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