Monday, January 4, 2016

Fwd: SIG Seminar - 11th January 2016

Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminar Announcement

Informal Learning in a Music Teacher Education Course in Brazil: the construction of a dialogical model to understand music teaching practices

Dr Flavia Narita, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil


Monday 11th January 2016
16.30 – 17.30
Room 944


Further details from Lucy Green,


All are welcome


This presentation focuses on the construction of a theoretical model that emerged from a two-part study integrating Lucy Green's (2008) informal learning pedagogy with a mixed-mode Distance Education teacher preparation programme in Brazil. The adoption of Green's model made me rethink my praxis as a music teacher-educator due to its music-making practices and to the roles teacher and taught are invited to play. Analysis of my actions and of student teachers' lessons implementing Green's model led me to revisit some of Paulo Freire's concepts related to the teacher's role, dialogical interactions, and conscientization (critical awareness). This resulted in a theoretical model involving the mobilization of three domains: teachers' authority and theoretical knowledge, teachers' practical musicianship, and teachers' relationship with learners' musical worlds. This model was one of the findings from the first part of this research and was employed by participants of the second part of the study to analyse their own teaching. The study suggests that the use of the model might help the development of a more informed choice of teaching actions once we are aware of the domains we are mobilizing, helping us 'tune' our actions according to our educational values.


Flávia M. Narita has been a lecturer at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil, since 2006. She did her first degree in Music Teacher Education at  the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. She carried out her M.A. and Ph.D studies at the UCL Institute of Education, where she studied under the supervision of Professor Lucy Green.