‘Passing it on’: beyond formal or informal pedagogies

Cain, Tim (2013) ‘Passing it on’: beyond formal or informal pedagogies. Music Education Research, 15 (1). pp. 74-91. ISSN 1461-3808 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2012.752803

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Informal pedagogies are a subject of debate in music education, and there is some evidence of teachers abandoning formal pedagogies in favour of informal ones. This article presents a case of one teacher’s formal pedagogy and theorises it by comparing it with a case of informal pedagogy. The comparison reveals affordances of formal pedagogies which informal pedagogies can lack, including conceptual learning, knowledge about music, unfamiliar repertoire, differentiation, directing students and formative feedback. The article suggests that ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ are inadequate ways of conceptualising musical pedagogies and argues instead in favour of categorising pedagogies in relation to their overarching aims.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: formal pedagogy; informal pedagogy; informal learning; music teaching; case study
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Education
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 13:53
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5042

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