Practitioners' views on cross-community music education projects in Northern Ireland: alienation, socio-economic factors and educational potential

Odena, O. (2010) Practitioners' views on cross-community music education projects in Northern Ireland: alienation, socio-economic factors and educational potential British Educational Research Journal, 36 (1). pp. 83-105. ISSN 0141-1926 (Print); 1469-3518 (Online)

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative investigation of the perceptions of cross-community music education activities of 14 key practitioners with experience with the two main communities in Northern Ireland (NI), Protestant and Catholic. The segregation of the NI education system is outlined in the first section, and is followed by a review of literature, cross-community projects, and the research methodology. Interview analysis was undertaken with NVivo. Interviewees reflected on current activities and on memories of their own experiences when younger, their fears and hopes. They explained how such projects are and have been organised in NI. The participants' perceptions are discussed, including their comments on 'Project processes and effectiveness', 'Music education potential' and 'Music as a sign of identity'. The reported educational activities and aims vary depending on a number of factors, one of the most important being the level of acknowledgement of integration of the educational setting, which appears to be influenced by the socio-economic environment. It is apparent that cross-community music education projects have been and continue to be an effective means of addressing prejudice amongst young people. Nevertheless, the context of each educational setting delimits the potential of such projects. Educational implications are examined in the conclusion.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: music education; cross-community; intergroup; contact theory; Northern Ireland; conflict; post-conflict; segregation; prejudice; peace; interview; qualitative; primary; secondary
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
X000 Education > X100 Teacher Education > X190 Teacher Education not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X510k Music Education
X000 Education
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C880 Social Psychology
X000 Education > X200 Education Research
X000 Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L330 Ethnic studies
X000 Education > X400 Government and Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/01411920902878909
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
Depositing User: Users 3230 not found.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 10:48
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6870

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