Welcome to the 2018 Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commision (MISTEC) Seminar at NYU Prague - July 8-12, 2018.
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Monday, July 9 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Paper 4: Sowing the seeds of global lifelong learning through music: Advancing early childhood music education together with Hong Kong teachers

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Discussion Questions 
1. In this study, action research has been used to bring more impact from research to practice. From your experience, do you use action research too? If not, what is your method to draw a close connection between research and practice? 
2. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrated music, the current project aimed to develop students’ love of learning and interest in school work, and eventually lead to life-long learning. Do you have other suggestions as music educators to achieve this goal? 
3. The global trend of adapting contemporary educational approach such as student-centered learning and interdisciplinary curriculum is popular in many countries in the world. Is that the case in your country? If so, do you need to make adjustment in adapting it to your culture?

Lily Chen-Hafteck, University of California, USA, & 
Marina Wai-Yee Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Music in preschool is important, as it can motivate young children’s love of learning and sow the seeds of lifelong learning globally. The present study aimed to facilitate the Hong Kong preschool teachers in critically evaluating their music pedagogy and reflecting on how to advance the implementation of a comprehensive, creative and culturally responsive early childhood music curriculum in Hong Kong. Action research method was used and qualitative data were collected. Ten teachers from three preschools participated. During three months, eight lessons were observed and post-observation meetings were conducted. Through the action research cycle of observing – reflecting – identifying problem – developing action plan – acting on the plan – back to observing, etc., teachers and researchers were able to develop more efficient teaching strategies and lesson plans after each meeting. Data were collected through pre- and post-project interviews and questionnaires with teachers, interviews with principals and video-recordings of all the lessons observed. It was found that action research can help teachers in increasing their confidence in teaching music and interdisciplinary arts lessons. By integrating music into the preschool curriculum while providing high quality music learning experiences, children were motivated to learn music and performed well. Moreover, the Hong Kong culture is a special one that combines Chinese and Western ideologies. Deep inside, teachers possess a lot of the traditional Chinese values. During the project, the participating teachers became aware that any foreign teaching philosophy and methods need to be adapted and adjusted according to student learning needs so that they are suitable to the local Hong Kong children. They had to work on the balancing act between teacher-directed and child-centered approaches in their teaching in order to achieve an effective learning environment in the classroom without sacrificing children’s opportunity to express their creativity. 

Keywords :In-service teacher education, Hong Kong, preschool 


Monday July 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
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