Creating a Community of Learning: School-based Partnerships and Onsite Professional Development in Tertiary Courses

By Dawn Joseph.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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Field based teaching for tertiary institutions are not a new phenomenon. This paper reports on school-based partnerships and onsite professional development as a way to enhance pre-service students understanding of music teaching and learning. The paper situates itself across two continents forming part of my wider ongoing study into the attitudes and perceptions of arts education students, while preparing culturally responsive teachers across two continents (Australia and South Africa). The onsite visits to schools provides a rich opportunity for tertiary educator and student to reflect in-and-on the teaching and learning experience. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis to analyse and codify the interview data of music lecturers and students, I offer a platform for a discussion of the benefits and limitations encountered. By providing students with school-based partnerships as a form of onsite professional development within teacher education courses, we enable them to expand their ways of engaging in music and in pedagogy as they develop an initial repertoire of teaching competencies. Through such opportunities they continue to gain comprehension of the various dimensions of music experience and to understand student learning. The onsite teaching and learning in this study was a demonstration of a worthwhile experience that could be beneficial across other learning areas in teacher education.

Keywords: Teacher education, Music education, Professional development, African music

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.37-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 180.173KB).

Dr. Dawn Joseph

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Dawn Joseph is a senior lecturer in music and education studies in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She is currently responsible for teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts. She researches, publishes and reviews in national and international journals in the areas of teacher education, music education, African music, cultural diversity and multiculturalism. She is a national committee member of the Australian Society for Music Education and Chair for the Victorian Chapter.