Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Code-Switching among Music Educators: An Exploratory Study
by Dillon, Mark A., Ed.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2018, 131; 10751313
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this comparative phenomenological study was to investigate whether code-switching happened among music educators and if so, whether they used code-switching in their teaching. The secondary purpose of the study was to learn how music educators with varied musical experiences differentiated and / or code-switched between settings, if at all. As there was little existent literature in the area of code-switching and musicians, it was hoped this study would fill a gap in the literature about music educators and code-switching.

This dissertation employed qualitative methodology including comparative phenomenology. The goal was to understand the lived experiences of the five participants as they reflected on their experiences code-switching. The data consisted primarily of in-depth interviews and analysis using NVIVO™ coding software to develop in vivo data, sub-themes and themes. Thick description, identifying research bias, and member checks were used to establish trustworthiness.

Five themes emerged: Teacher identity as code-switching, early exposure to oral learning and notation affects code-switching, professional “gigging” as code-switching, musical instruments as code-switching and finally, code-switching and 21st century learning and teaching. Recommendations were provided for educators and future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walter, Jennifer S.
Commitee: MacLeod, Rebecca, McKoy, Constance, Nolker, Brett
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education
Keywords: Bluegrass, Code-switching, Community music, Folk music, Teacher identity
Publication Number: 10751313
ISBN: 978-0-438-08705-7
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