UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Ryan Daniel
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
4
Issue No.: 
1
Year of publication: 
2006
Country of publication: 
Hong Kong
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
In the Australian higher education context, the lecture is traditionally adopted as the principal mode of delivery for learning and teaching across the majority of academic areas. While the study of music has often had the privilege of smaller class sizes, with this scenario offering the opportunity for greater levels of student involvement in the learning process, many courses now involve sizable classes as economic factors impact significantly on higher education. At the same time, recent Government initiatives in raising the profile of learning and teaching have led to many opportunities to revisit existing procedures. This paper outlines the design and trial of a new method of delivery of an introductory music history subject, and which involves a combination of occasional lectures alongside self-paced and modularised study using text/audio resources and an online learning platform. The rationale for and design of the new mode of delivery and course content is outlined, after which an overview of student reflective feedback obtained at the conclusion of the course is presented. The findings of this practice-based research project offer a number of implications for higher education learning and teaching.
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