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Fostering cultural diversity in Australia: a case study of teaching, learning and assessing African musical arts

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph
Australia is forged by ongoing migration welcoming a range of cultures, languages and ethnicities thus celebrating a diverse range of musical arts. In this multicultural society, music and dance may serve as a positive medium to transmit and promote social cohesion. I argue that the inclusion of innovative and immersive practice of African music in particular where authentic teaching and learning is facilitated may help foster understandings of culture in educational settings and the wider society. As a migrant forming part of the African Diaspora in Melbourne, I am strongly connected to my ancestral homeland (South Africa) when teaching African music to Australian tertiary students. Having gained ethical clearance to undertake the two research projects at Deakin University in Melbourne (Attitudes and perceptions of Arts Education Students: preparing culturally responsive teachers and Pre-service teacher attitudes and understandings of Music Education), I discuss tertiary students experience in relation to the teaching and learning of African music within higher education courses. Drawing on interview, questionnaire, observation notes, anecdotal feedback and narrative reflection, I employ Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to analyse and code the data into themes. By offering a discussion of assessment and evaluation, I explore and invite international dialogue in regards to how best we can prepare, assess and evaluate our students to improve the quality of musical arts education.





Western Cape, South Africa

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2016, International Society for Music Education



Title of proceedings

PASMAE 2016 : Promoting musical arts education through cultural diversity : Proceedings of the 2nd Western Africa Sub-Regional Conference


Western Africa Sub-Regional. Conference (2nd : 2016 : Western Cape, South Africa)


International Society for Music Education

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Malvern, Vic.