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The application of a student engagement framework to the teaching of music education in an e-learning context in one Australian University


Baker, W and Pittaway, S, The application of a student engagement framework to the teaching of music education in an e-learning context in one Australian University, Proceedings of the 4th Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, 23-28 July 2012, Paris, France, pp. 27-38. ISBN 979-10-90365-04-9 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The use of e-learning in higher education contexts has continued to expand since its inception, impacting significantly upon access to higher education. Student engagement is similarly emerging as a focus in higher education, as engagement is a prerequisite for effective learning. This paper addresses the ways in which pre-service teacher participants, studying in a fully online, e-learning environment, chose to engage in a music education unit as part of their Bachelor of Education. This paper reports on the application of a student engagement framework to data collected from these participants. The framework, which can be applied to any domain, is comprised of five generic, nonhierarchical elements: personal, academic, intellectual, social, and professional. Data were collected using a multi-method approach (Denzin & Lincoln 1994, Sarantakos 2005) within a constructivist ontology and analysed through inductive category construction (Hatch 2002). The major findings indicate that four elements of the framework were strongly and positively evident; however, data regarding social engagement revealed more polarised results, particularly in the use of discussion boards. Further research, particularly into social engagement in e-learning has the potential to significantly inform developing pedagogies of e-learning in higher education.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Engagement, e-learning, music
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baker, W (Dr Bill Baker)
UTAS Author:Pittaway, S (Dr Sharon Pittaway)
ID Code:79140
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-08-20
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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