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A study of children’s musical preference: A data mining approach

Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie, Boo, Yee Ling and Ebbeck, Marjory 2014, A study of children’s musical preference: A data mining approach, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 21-34.

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Title A study of children’s musical preference: A data mining approach
Author(s) Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie
Boo, Yee Ling
Ebbeck, Marjory
Journal name Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 21
End page 34
Total pages 14
Publisher Social Science Press
Place of publication Katoomba, N.S.W.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1835-517X
0313-5373
Keyword(s) Music preference
Early childhood
Music education
Cross-cultural
Data mining
Clustering
Self Organising Maps (SOM)
Summary Musical preference has long been a research interest in the field of music education, and studies consistently confirm the importance of musical preference in one’s musical learning experiences. However, only a limited number of studies have been focussed on the field of early childhood education (e.g., Hargreaves, North, & Tarrant, 2006; Roulston, 2006). Further, among these limited early childhood studies, few of them discuss children’s musical preference in both the East and the West. There is very limited literature (e.g., Faulkner et al., 2010; Szymanska, 2012) which explores the data by using a data mining approach. This study aims to bridge the research gaps by examining children’s musical preference in Hong Kong and in South Australia by applying a data mining technique – Self Organising Maps (SOM), which is a clustering method that groups similar data objects together. The application of SOM is new in the field of early childhood education and also in the study of children’s musical preference. This paper specifically aims to expand a previous study (Yim & Ebbeck, 2009) by conducting deeper investigations into the existing datasets, for the purpose of uncovering insights that have not been identified through data mining approach.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Social Science Press
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