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A Q study of music teachers' attitudes towards the significance of individual differences for teaching and learning in music

Hewitt, Allan (2006) A Q study of music teachers' attitudes towards the significance of individual differences for teaching and learning in music. Psychology of Music, 34 (1). pp. 63-80. ISSN 0305-7356

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Abstract

Classroom teachers' beliefs and attitudes regarding the role and significance of individual differences have received relatively little attention in the literature to date, notwithstanding the well-documented importance both of teachers' beliefs and factors of individual difference for the learning and teaching process. The purpose of this study was to explore the belief patterns of a small group (N = 8) of Scottish secondary school classroom music teachers in relation to the significance of 10 factors of individual difference among pupils for learning and teaching in music within the curriculum. Participants completed two Q-sorts, one relating to teaching approaches in music and one to attainment in musical tasks. Both sorts used an identical set of items. Results suggest that a small number of 'typical' belief patterns could be identified in each of the two contexts, and that the focus of study makes future development of this investigation appropriate. It appears that some music teachers may focus more on perceived strengths amongst their pupils while others concentrate instead on areas of weaknesses. The implications for practice in music education of these positions are discussed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 3319
Keywords: beliefs, education, expressive arts, secondary, music psychology, educational psychology, Musical instruction and study, Education (General)
Subjects: Music and Books on Music > Musical instruction and study
Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2007
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:39
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/3319

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