Early career challenges in secondary school music teaching

Welch, G., Purves, R., Hargreaves, D. and Marshall, N. (2011) Early career challenges in secondary school music teaching. British Educational Research Journal, 37 2: 285-315. doi:10.1080/01411921003596903

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Author Welch, G.
Purves, R.
Hargreaves, D.
Marshall, N.
Title Early career challenges in secondary school music teaching
Journal name British Educational Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-1926
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01411921003596903
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 2
Start page 285
End page 315
Total pages 31
Place of publication Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The article reports an Economic and Social Research Council-funded study of the early career experiences of secondary school music teachers in England, set within a wider national picture of decreasing age-related pupil engagement with school music, career perceptions of music teaching, variable patterns of teacher recruitment and possible mismatches between the musical biographies of young people and intending music teachers. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from a short-term longitudinal survey (first questionnaire: n = 74, second questionnaire: n = 29), supplemented by case studies (n = 6) and open-ended, written questions (n = 20). Analyses suggest that only a half of the newly qualified participants chose to teach full-time in a mainstream, state-funded school music classroom. Of these, the majority were faced with a range of early career challenges stemming from curricular, extra-curricular and non-curricular school expectations. These included the need to balance their existing musical performer identity with that of being a new teacher.
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