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Garvis, Susie; Pendergast, Donna – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
In the middle years of schooling, spanning grades four to nine, it is common practice for generalist teachers to deliver integrated arts education. Research confirms that teacher effectiveness with the arts is influenced by their sense of efficacy, which is derived from a coalition of factors including confidence, competence, subject mastery and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Educational Experience
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De Vries, Peter – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
This article examines the current music preferences of grade 6 children (12-13-year-olds) in an Australian primary school and the way these children engage with music. Data were collected in three phases, comprising a written questionnaire administered to all 86 students, focus group interviews with 12 of these children, and observation of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Focus Groups, Grade 6
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McCord, Kimberly – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2009
Students with communication disabilities present challenges to general music teachers with inclusive music classrooms. Typically, students perform, compose and improvise with others in the class, but students with physical disabilities that include communication difficulties or students with autism are left out or at best marginally participate.…
Descriptors: Music Education, Communication Strategies, Creative Activities, Autism