Early music education as a tool for inclusion and respect for diversity: study paper for the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Odena, O. (2009) Early music education as a tool for inclusion and respect for diversity: study paper for the Bernard van Leer Foundation University of Brighton & Bernard van Leer Foundation, Brighton, UK.


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This report explores the topic of using music education activities as a way to address inclusion and respect for diversity with children. It is intended to inform the development of appropriate activities and indicators for the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Social inclusion and respect for diversity issue area, particularly those which address the use of music in projects with young children. The study begins with an overview of musical development from prenatal to eight years of age and provides a review of the significant processes and outcomes of music education activities aimed at bringing together children in divided contexts. It is apparent that cross-community development of music skills has been and continues to be an effective means of addressing prejudice with young people. The study includes the analysis of interviews with 16 experienced practitioners in Northern Ireland regarding ways in which music plays a part in facilitating respect and inclusion with young people, and an analysis of five children’s focus groups. It concludes with recommendations to bring this knowledge to the early childhood and lower primary school sector and offers some questions for further study.

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusion; respect; diversity; divided societies; music education; young people; children; cross-community; prejudice; Northern Ireland
Subjects: X000 Education > X200 Education Research
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
X000 Education
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C880 Social Psychology
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
Depositing User: Users 3230 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 15:39
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6373

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