DONALDSON, Judith Diane

PhD Massey University 2012 Pages: 283

Between two worlds : tensions of practice encountered by secondary school music teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand

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This qualitative study examined the tensions of practice encountered in the daily
working lives of secondary school music teachers who hold the responsibility for music in their school. The analysis used data from semi-structured interviews with nineteen participants, including current and former practitioners and music advisors in Aotearoa New Zealand. The participants represent a range of musical traditions, teaching experiences, and demographics. Data were analysed thematically in terms of four research questions: (i) the expectations attached to the role of secondary school music teacher; (ii) the tensions of practice encountered; (iii) the manner in which teachers experienced their working lives; and (iv) their efforts to resolve the tensions they encountered. ...

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