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Peer learning group among college voice majors : Collaborative inquiry case study
by Jung, Joo Yeon, Ed.D.C.T., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013, 257; 3594111
Abstract (Summary)

This collaborative inquiry case study investigated a pre-existing peer learning group composed of five Korean college voice students and a non-musician facilitator. The group was chosen for this research to understand the implications of a diversified learning context in addition to the typical master-apprenticeship context of higher music education. The main activity for this peer learning group was researching literature related to classical vocal music along with presenting a performance project. This performance was in connection to their learning, and the chosen theme was a musical autobiography. Data were collected during the performance project process that included participant observations, interviews, and artifacts. The peer group's learning experiences and how this process influenced their behaviors, attitudes, and performance, and the role of the facilitator were content analyzed and reported. Results revealed that the students' intense meaning making process included mutual communication, cooperative interaction, enhanced motivation with group cohesion, and a sense of autonomy in their music learning. The autobiographic aspects of each member's life as a musician proved to be transformative in their learning and positively influenced their identity development as musicians. Careful intervention regarding individual differences was found to be an important consideration. The role of the non-musician facilitator aided group development with a contrasting perspective, allowing for positive support to the individuals, and suggestions for long-term goals regarding pedagogical aspects despite his lack of a music background. Challenges of the peer learning group included a lack of available learning resources, time intensiveness of the process, and a lack of continuity with few consistent acknowledged goals.

This study illuminated the need to reflect on diverse learning contexts in addition to the traditional master-apprentice dyad in order to enhance students' initiatives in their learning process; allow for opportunities for the formation of their musical identities; and to encourage a facilitator role for the master teachers. Future research is recommended to replicate peer learning among diverse musicians and to focus further on autobiographic learning in addition to online learning opportunities. Continuous innovation in the learning process in higher music education will empower future musicians to be creative meaning makers and lifelong learners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goffi-Fynn, Jeannie
Commitee: Abeles, Harold F., Drago-Severson, Ellie, McCann, Lori
School: Teachers College, Columbia University
Department: Arts and Humanities
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education, Higher education
Keywords: Autobiographical learning, College voice students, Diversified context, Group learning, Korean students, Peer learning
Publication Number: 3594111
ISBN: 978-1-303-37745-7
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