Opening the doors to multiculturalism : Australian pre-service music teacher education students' understandings of cultural diversity
Joseph, Dawn and Southcott, Jane 2009, Opening the doors to multiculturalism : Australian pre-service music teacher education students' understandings of cultural diversity, Music education research, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 457-472.
Educational reform in Australia has urged teachers and tertiary institutions to prepare students for multicultural classrooms. Engagement with multicultural music by teachers and students promotes understanding of difference and diversity as music has both global and cross-cultural manifestations. This article reports on a research project undertaken at both Deakin University and Monash University (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) with final year music specialist students (2005-2007). Students participated in an online, anonymous survey (2005) regarding their understandings of multiculturalism. By in-depth analysis of four semi-structured interviews undertaken with volunteers from the 2006 to 2007 cohort, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, emergent themes and construct understandings of participant experiences were identified. Two significant themes are discussed: representations of multicultural music in Victorian schools and cultural context. Music education can be an effective platform to 'opening the doors to multiculturalism and cultural understanding'. Pre-service teacher education courses should reflect the changing societies in which they are situated.
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130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
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