New paper: A participatory approach in music education: Searching for guidelines for a dynamic and diverse learning environment

My new paper is out now! ­čÖé

Malina Sarnowska, Adam Świtała, Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska, A participatory approach in music education: Searching for guidelines for a dynamic and diverse learning environment, In: D.Forrest ed., Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education. 33rd World Conference on Music Education, ISME, Baku 2018.

The research is a┬ácase study of a music education programme based on a┬áparticipatory approach and┬áintroduced in a community after school centre in the┬áPragaÔÇôPo┼éudnie district, Warsaw. The main┬áresearch methods were participant┬áobservation, autoethnography and free-form interviews. The┬áresearch was conducted from June to November 2017, the research team consisted of 4 people: 2┬ámusic educators and 2 music sociologists. The participants of the study were children attending┬ámusic lessons (age group 7-14, with a slight predominance of 10-and-less year old). Due to its┬áshort duration and narrow range of research activities, the┬ástudy is of exploratory nature. This┬áresearch paper is an attempt to depict and analyse the characteristics┬áof informal music education┬ábased on a presented approach and to put a light on research areas, as well as to define specific┬áresearch topics for further investigation. The main principles of the applied participatory approach┬áwere having an open-ended learning process and practical curriculum making (Elliott, 1995). The┬áchildren were offered free access to a┬ávariety of music instruments. The study does not┬áprovide┬ásufficient data for general conclusions about the influence of the applied┬ámusic education model on┬ásocial behaviours. Nonetheless, a strong correlation between the participantÔÇÖs overall emotional┬ádisposition and the preferred kind of musical expression was┬áobserved.

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