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What challenges do music educators face in the transition from a traditional to an online educational environment considering Covid19

Deegan, Janine (2021) What challenges do music educators face in the transition from a traditional to an online educational environment considering Covid19. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This study investigates contemporary music teaching within one further education institution in Ireland. It explores both educator (n=5) and students’ (n=34) perspectives and experiences on the transition from traditional face-to-face instruction to an online environment. A mixed method approach was conducted to gather relevant data, providing insight into gaps within the literature. Semi structured interviews were conducted via Zoom and transcribed through a thematic analysis allowing an in-depth analysis of the data gathered and presented in the findings. Likert questionnaires were conducted with learner’s partaken in these courses and analyzed through basic statistics using ‘Survey Monkey’ and were presented through histograms within the findings.

The future of further education is reliant on support from government authorities in developing new approaches to online teaching and learning, Findings reveal that both educators and learners believed educational support could be enhanced for online education for the future success of the FE sector this is reflected in the literature review. From the findings and literature discussed limitations arose involving knowledge obtained by educators when teaching online involving online pedagogies and how this can support learners in this setting. Considering the pandemic and covid19 educational institutions and government authorities have been forced to transition into this online setting, this does not mean that all educators were ready for the pedagogical change required to teach in an online environment.

Five main themes emerged from the data gathered: ‘Transition for traditional to online education’, ‘Online music educational pedagogies’, ‘Online educational support’, ‘Social interaction’, and the ‘Perceptions of educators and learners. As a result of the broad themes that emerged from the data it was important to refine the data into subthemes. The findings that emerged suggested that educators had a basic understanding when it came to online education but argued the need for online pedagogical and technological training when transitioning to the online environment. All participants expressed a positive attitude towards a blended learning approach.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching Personnel
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Blended Learning
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
Divisions: Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning > Master of Arts in Educational Practice
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 16:58
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 16:58

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