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Music, learning and life: Indigenous students achieving educational and life skills outcomes in the Northern Territory

Tait, Anja (2004). Music, learning and life: Indigenous students achieving educational and life skills outcomes in the Northern Territory. In: Hartwig, Kay 25th National Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education, Brisbane, 27-30 September 2003.

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Author Tait, Anja
Title Music, learning and life: Indigenous students achieving educational and life skills outcomes in the Northern Territory
Conference Name 25th National Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education
Conference Location Brisbane
Conference Dates 27-30 September 2003
Conference Publication Title Artistic Practice as Research: Proceedings of the XXVth Annual Conference
Editor Hartwig, Kay
Place of Publication Melbourne
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Music Education
Publication Year 2004
ISBN 0-9586086-5-2   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 145
End Page 155
Total Pages 11
Field of Research 1303 - Specialist Studies in Education
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract This paper is the research proposal for a Masters by Research, MEd(Hons), at Charles Darwin University. Emerging outcomes of the research were presented at the XXVth Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME), Brisbane, September 30, 2003. My key concerns are the links between the arts, educational achievement, social and emotional well-being for Indigenous learners, and a model of professional learning for teachers that promotes a transdisciplinary approach, inclusive of an arts-focussed pedagogy. Music, Learning and Life is a pilot project in urban upper primary classrooms in the Northern Territory, with Indigenous students who are speakers of Aboriginal English and other Indigenous languages. The project aims to provide evidence and recommendations for arts-focussed teaching practices across the curriculum by generalist teachers in mainstream classrooms. What Works (and will work again) is a summary report of the results of the non-capital Strategic Results Projects, conducted through the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program (2000). The report suggests 'engagement with the arts is likely to assist in the development of productive learning relationships ' Learning Lessons: An independent review of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory (1999) cites ongoing professional learning of teaching staff, with a focus on pedagogies that promote engagement, as crucial to the successful educational outcomes of Indigenous students. Preliminary outcomes of this project indicate that the knowledge, skills and processes of music and other art-forms are effective conduits for engagement, English oracy, literacy and numeracy learning for Indigenous students, when the embedded language and mathematics are made explicit. This approach promotes an inclusive, cooperative and achievement-oriented learning environment. Reflective teaching practices, Indigenous families and staff within the school community and student participation and achievements will inform the outcomes and recommendations of this project. Both qualitative and quantitative data will evaluate and celebrate artistic practice as evidence of both students' and teachers' learning across the curriculum.
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