Building communities of music education practice: Peer Collaboration in music teacher education.

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Title Building communities of music education practice: Peer Collaboration in music teacher education.
Author Harrison, Scott David; Ballantyne, Julie; Barrett, Margaret; Temmerman, Nita
Publication Title NACTMUS - Music in Australian Tertiary Institutions: Issues for the 21st Century
Editor Catherine Grant
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Griffith University
Abstract Isolation is a theme that is synonymous with Australia's demography and geography, with its population concentrated in clusters and separated by large distances. The distribution of the tertiary music education community in Australia tends to reflect aspects of the country's physical make-up, specifically the separation of individuals or small groups of academics by vast distances. Consequently, music teacher education in Australia suffers from a sense of solitude. Academics in the field typically work alone in institutions and their students, beginning music teachers, also suffer from the experience of being alone in their work environment. In a funded cross-institutional project, aspects of mentoring and peer collaboration have been explored to address this phenomenon. This paper reports on the initial stages of the project. Problem-based learning through virtual learning sites and discussion groups has been employed in the project design. These strategies have been employed as project participants endeavour to construct a music education community that reaches out across these vast distances, and contributes to academic development and collaboration. Models aimed at minimising barriers between teacher education course structures and academic experiences across Australia have been implemented. The findings of the pilot stages are revealed through the voices of academics, tertiary students and the public speaking about their involvement with innovative approaches to music teaching and learning.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 jointly held by NACTMUS and the authors. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 9781921291203
Conference name National Council of Tertiary Music Schools (NACTMUS) National Conference 2007
Location Brisbane
Date From 2007-06-29
Date To 2007-07-01
Date Accessioned 2008-02-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Professional Development of Teachers
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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