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The Role of the Institution and Teachers in Supporting Learning

Welch, Graham F; Ockelford, Adam; (2016) The Role of the Institution and Teachers in Supporting Learning. In: Hallam, S and Cross, I and That, M, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. (pp. 509-526). Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

We draw on four contrasting examples to illustrate how institutions and teachers support and shape music learning. Institutions include cultural settings and educational establishments, and teachers are broadly defined as people who have a role in musical learning, such as peers, and are distinguished by having knowledge of perceived value to the learner. The underlying conceptualization is that individual and collective music learning is nurtured within social contexts. The lens of activity theory is used to explore how learning and development are the product of inter- and intrapersonal behaviors shaped by cultural artifacts, tools (e.g., language, selected music repertoire), expectations and “rules” (conventions and norms) within a community setting. The examples reflect the contextualized music learning experiences of (1) a young musical savant, (2) advanced music students in higher education, (3) female choristers in a traditionally all-male UK cathedral setting and (4) diverse groups of adolescents in lower secondary school.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Role of the Institution and Teachers in Supporting Learning
ISBN-13: 9780198722946
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Music, learning, institutions, teachers, activity theory, savant, adolescents, students.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476655
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