Teachers’ attitudes and self-perceived competency toward music teaching in preschools in Hong Kong: A preliminary study

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Abstract

The paper reports on a preliminary investigation of the teaching of music by non-music specialists in preschools in Hong Kong. The study examines teachers’ attitudes and their self-perceived competency toward music teaching as well as the relationships between aspects such as competency, attitudes, age and teaching experience. A questionnaire survey was conducted with 49 serving teachers from five randomly chosen kindergartens in Hong Kong. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics, One-Way ANOVA with Fisher’s Least Significant Difference (LSD) post hoc tests, and Pearson product-moment correlation. Findings reveal that preschool teachers held moderate attitudes toward teaching music and their self-perceived competency in teaching music are moderately low, and teachers’ self-perceived level of competency varies significantly across age group and teaching experience. In addition, preschool teachers’ attitudes toward teaching music are found to be positively correlated with their self-perceived level of competency. Coupled with these findings, conclusion and implications for preschool teachers’ professional development in music are then drawn and discussed. Copyright © 2014 Arts Education Conference 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Citation

Lee, B. K.-Y. (2013, July). Teachers’ attitudes and self-perceived competency toward music teaching in preschools in Hong Kong: A preliminary study. Paper presented at the 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research ISME Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Singapore.

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