Enhancing music education in early childhood teacher education: A quasi-experimental study on pre-service teachers’ musical competence and teaching confidence

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Abstract

Music education is often regarded as an elite discipline in Chinese society, and pre-service teachers in early childhood education may lack musical knowledge and confidence in teaching music due to interdisciplinary teacher training. This study aims to explore the essential components of a quality responsive teacher education course in music for pre-service teachers in Hong Kong and evaluate the impact of six-hour training workshops on their self-perceived musical competence and music teaching confidence. The study employs a quasi-experimental research design and consists of six-hour training workshops in music to enhance pre-service teachers' musicianship and competence in conducting music appreciation, performance, and creative activities. This study answers two research questions based on the quantitative and qualitative data: (1) How will the training workshops impact pre-service teachers' self-perceived musical competence and music teaching confidence? (2) How will the musical competence enhance their music teaching confidence? The study employs a quasi-experimental research design and finds that the workshops significantly improve pre-service teachers' confidence in leading music activities and their perceived importance of children's music education. The study underscores the need for music training in early childhood teacher education and may offer insights into designing responsive music professional development courses for early childhood teachers globally. Copyright © 2023 ACE.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023
EventThe 15th Asian Conference on Education - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 22 Nov 202325 Nov 2023
https://ace.iafor.org/ace2023/#programme

Conference

ConferenceThe 15th Asian Conference on Education
Abbreviated titleACE 2023
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period22/11/2325/11/23
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Citation

Kong, S.-H. (2023, November 22–25). Enhancing music education in early childhood teacher education: A quasi-experimental study on pre-service teachers’ musical competence and teaching confidence [Paper presentation]. The 15th Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2023), Tokyo, Japan.

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