Technology in the Lives and Schools of Adolescents

S. Alex Ruthmann and Steven C. Dillon

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Technology in the Lives and Schools of Adolescents

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This article advocates a pedagogy wherein relationships form the basis for developing curricular and pedagogical ways of being with students. A relational pedagogy begins by considering these broad questions: Where are music and technology in the teacher and students' lives? Where do adolescents make meaning through music and technology? How can teachers develop a community of practice with their students through music and technology? It is argued that relationships should be placed at the center of pedagogical and curricular decision-making. Through this approach, music educators are better equipped to make space for and honor student agency and learning by harnessing the ways adolescents intuitively engage with music and technology.

Keywords: music education; relational pedagogy; music educators; student agency; music learning; adolescents

Article.  7377 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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