Bridging gaps in music teacher education: developing exemplary practice models using peer collaboration

Julie Ballantyne, Scott Harrison, Margaret S. Barrett

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This project bridges the gaps between research, teaching, and academics in Australian music teacher education through the collaborative development and implementation of innovative curriculum models that respond to research recommendations. The outcomes of this project are improved higher education student learning, academic development and 'teaching' collaboration within/across institutions. This project will involve academics collaborating to develop exemplary practice models in music teacher education across institutions. The curriculum models developed during this project will reflect research in the area and will be continually refined throughout the life of the project in response to student, staff and consultative expert evaluations. These models will: utilise school-based practicum to ensure that the theoretical aspects of preservice learning are seen as relevant to future teachers; use problem-based teaching and assessment to ensure that learning is holistic, integrated and centred in practice; and provide explicit links between courses studied at university to minimise the ‘fragmented’ nature of teacher education. The models will be designed to minimise barriers between differing teacher education course structures and academic experience. Peer collaboration will be central to the development of these models – developing support and cohesion currently lacking across this sector.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherAustralian Learning and Teaching Council Limited
Number of pages54
ISBN (Print)9780646535388
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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