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Research based music teaching

Research project
Active research
Project owner
Academy of Music and Drama

Short description

Dissertation by Christer Larsson. The Swedish Education Act prescribes that education shall rest on a scientific foundation. My research interest focuses on how policy of schools resting on a scientific foundation have influence on the profession and professionalization of Swedish music teachers. There are e.g. interesting points of tension regarding the implementation of a goal-oriented, evidence-based approach to music as a didactical subject, due to the ways that scientific aspects coexist with both artistic and craft-based dimensions in practices of music education.

The study consists of a compilation thesis with three articles and a summary chapter, where the first article is submitted to an academic journal, waiting to be reviewed, and the second and third articles are in early stages. The submitted article analyses how policy texts at the Swedish National Agency of Education (Skolverket) describes a research-based way of working in ways that foregrounds certain ideals of teacher professionalism. The second article will focus on descriptions of music teacher professionalism in journals published by teachers’ unions, and the third article will focus on descriptions of research-based professionalism in conversations between upper secondary music teachers in focus groups. In the summary chapter, I later wish to synthesize and discuss how music teacher professionalism and professionalization is described and conceptualized in different sites of a Swedish network of policy. 

My interest in this field stems from my own everyday experience of music education practice, as well as discussions with students and colleagues, during more than 15 years of work as a music teacher, mostly at the upper-secondary level. In august of 2018, I was accepted as a doctoral student in the field of Research on Arts Education. The dissertation project aims to finish in the spring of 2023.

Christer Larsson porträttbild med glasögon
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