Authentic-Context Learning Activities in Instrumental Music Teacher Education

Stephen J. Paul, David J. Teachout, Jill Sullivan, Steven N. Kelly, William I. Bauer, Michael A. Raiber

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the frequency of particular authentic-context learning (ACL) activities during undergraduate instrumental music teacher training and the initial teaching performance (ITP) of undergraduate instrumental music student teachers. Subjects (N = 30) were instrumental music student teachers at four major universities. Four ACL activities, identified from the literature and limited to instrumental music settings, included (a) early field experience teaching episodes, (b) peer-teaching episodes, (c) episodes of subjects watching videotapes of their teaching, and (d) episodes of subjects watching videotapes of their teaching with a coaching instructor. ITP was determined by evaluating teaching episodes, which occurred within the first 3 weeks of student teaching, using the Survey of Teaching Effectiveness (Hamann & Baker, 1996). Significant correlations were found between ITP and three of the four ACL activities. In addition, an overall ACL experience value was calculated and categorized into high, medium, and low levels. Those with a high level of ACL experiences were significantly better teachers than those with medium or low levels of ACL experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-145
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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