Exploratory study of approvals and disapprovals in Australian instrumental music teaching

Zhukov, Katie (2008) Exploratory study of approvals and disapprovals in Australian instrumental music teaching. International Journal of Music Education, 26 4: 302-314. doi:10.1177/0255761408096072

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Author Zhukov, Katie
Title Exploratory study of approvals and disapprovals in Australian instrumental music teaching
Journal name International Journal of Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0255-7614
Publication date 2008-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0255761408096072
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 302
End page 314
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Abstract Research on the use of approvals/disapprovals in classroom teaching has highlighted praise as more effective than criticism, specific evaluation more valuable than general, and gender differences. This study investigated the use of positive/negative and specific/general evaluation and gender effects in instrumental music lessons in higher education. The participants were 12 teachers and 24 students from five Australian tertiary institutions. Greater use of approvals than disapprovals was found in most lessons. The teachers were more specific when criticizing their students than when praising them. The female teachers were slightly more positive than the male teachers, but the male teachers were more specific in their appraisals of the students' playing. The female students received more teacher praise than the male students. Results support previous research and provide new evidence into the use of approvals and disapprovals in instrumental music lessons in higher education. The implications for teaching practice include greater use of specific praise and sensitivity to gender biases.
Keyword Gender
Instrumental music
Studio teaching
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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