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Varkoy, Oivind – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2017
The point of departure in this article is the hegemony of technical rationality when it comes to the justification of music education. This is considered as an example of uniformity, sameness, and homogeneity, or worse, simplicity and naivety--or even worse, a sweet innocence--regarding understanding and thoughts about life, society, and culture…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Music, Music Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Pio, Frederik; Varkoy, Oivind – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2012
In the current world of education, politics and public opinion, musical experience is increasingly threatened. It is designated ever more as an expendable luxury. This kind of general trend has hardly left the thinking in the field of music and music education untouched. Inspiration comes from the technical rationality of our time. This…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Public Opinion, Reflection
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Varkoy, Oivind – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2010
In this article I will discuss the originally German term and concept of Bildung. The reason why I, as a Scandinavian, find such a discussion both interesting and important is that the trend of instrumentalism in modern educational politics and pedagogical thinking (at least in Scandinavian countries) is problematic; that is, looking on knowledge…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Figurative Language, Cultural Context, Cultural Background
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Varkoy, Oivind – Philosophy of Music Education Review, 2007
Oivind Varkoy discusses instrumentalism as a trend in educational politics and pedagogical thinking. Instrumentalism implies looking upon both school subjects and humans as instruments, as tools or means for reaching another goal or end. The discussion is related to philosophy of music education by focusing on aspects of philosophies of humankind,…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Music, Knowledge Level, Music Education