Hello all Spring/Winter Term 2016
Looking forward to our time together. Seminars are a gift – there will be few times in your life where you get to sit around and talk about things of import – unless of course you schedule these deliberately (around wine and beer) J
I am hoping that in our next few weeks together we will grapple with a series of readings, websites and discussions that push and expand our thinking together. My interest in this broad topic of “Theories in music education” comes from my interest in education in general. There can’t be theories in music education without first grappling with the word theory, music, education, and music education. Which means there are multiple places to begin. And as it is with all things, the entry points we choose, or in this first class, I choose, matter a great deal.
As such before our first class I would like you to spend time considering the following:
Learning Theory (ies)
Curriculum Theory (theorizing)
Of course, this is an insurmountable task – a lifetime task, in fact.
But even though there are those who both historically and currently attempt to keep them apart they are inextricably intertwined. And while they are often presented on a linear and historical time line, we need to come to see this as problematic.
The Principles of Scientific Management – Frederick Taylor (1911)
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How do Children Learn?
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Journal of Curriculum Theorizing
You have 4 readings – not so easy readings IF we are going to continue to read as we have begun. Realize that these were written in the same era and quite different in purpose and goal. We need to think through the differences and why those difference might be- as well as what is influencing these differences. Again you need to write up your response in the same way and bring the hard copy to class. The first Bobbitt has that great quote in it that is more than likely dissing Dewey. The second Bobbitt might, however, be more helpful (how ever you might construe ‘helpful’ J
Bobbitt, F. ((Apr., 1921). A Significant Tendency in Curriculum-Making. The Elementary School Journal, (21)8. pp. 607-615.
Bobbitt, F. (Sep., 1924). The New Technique of Curriculum-Making. The Elementary School Journal, (25)1, pp. 45-54.
Dewey, J. (1916/1944). Democracy and Education. New York, NY: Free Press, Macmillan, Inc.
Democracy and Education - John Dewey
Three readings this week - they help to further our thinking on contesting discourses - particularly during the 20's and what might be considered for some, the progressive era. Randall Allsup's work extends Dewey's thinking into musicing and music education.
Edson, C. H. (1978). Curriculum Change During the Progressive Era. Educational Leadership.
Allsup, R. E. (2007). Democracy and one hundred years of music education. Music Educators Journal, 52-56.
Allsup, R. E. (2012). The moral ends of band. Theory into Practice, 51(3), 179-187.
Kliebard, H. M. (1977). Curriculum theory: Give me a “for instance”. Curriculum Inquiry, 6(4), 257-269.
Pinar, W. F., & Bowers, C. A. (1992). Politics of curriculum: Origins, controversies, and significance of critical perspectives. Review of research in education, 163-190.
Duarte, E. M. (2001). The eclipse of thinking: an Arendtian critique of cooperative learning.
Bradley, D. (2009). Oh, That Magic Feeling! Multicultural Human Subjectivity, Community, and Fascism's Footprints. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 17(1), 56-74.
O’Toole, P. (1994). I sing in a choir, but I have no voice. The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, 4(5), 65-76.
Bergonzi, L. (2015. Gender and Sexual Diversity Challenges (for Socially Just) Music Education. In Benedict, C., Schmidt, P., Spruce, G., Woodford, P. (Eds). (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire
“Critical theory provides a specific interpretation of Marxist philosophy and reinterprets some of its central economic and political notions such as commodification, reification, fetishization and critique of mass culture.”
What connections are you making after this reading, what are you now wondering, what challenges are you having, what do you want to talk more about, etc.
Week 2 September 15
Michael Apple – What do Schools Teach
Week 3 September 22
Week 4 September 29
Ivan llich Deschooling Society
Week 5 October 6
Paulo Freire - Pedagogy of the Oppressed