Creating a musical world in the classroom: application of a Bourdieuan approach towards understanding teacher practice

Stakelum, M. (2008) Creating a musical world in the classroom: application of a Bourdieuan approach towards understanding teacher practice. British Journal of Music Education, 25 (1). pp. 91-102. ISSN 0265-0517 (print), 1469-2104 (online)

Abstract

Whilst a rationale for the content and organisation of knowledge in a standardised curriculum may be clearly articulated at official policy level, factors may come to bear on a teacher operating at a local level which may work against the successful implementation of the curriculum on the ground. Drawing on a Bourdieuan notion of cultural field, ‘habitus’ and cultural capital to examine commonality and difference in teacher practice in an Irish primary school context, the paper reports on a study which highlights the role played by formative experiences in shaping the responses of primary teachers to performance and music literacy.

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