Levels of Pedagogy in Community Building: The Role of Music Education in Community Building

By Julie Arnold.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Implementing a classroom music program is never an easy task. When the classroom is in Fiji and the teacher has never been out of Australia before, that task can seem onerous. Julie Arnold travelled to the South Pacific and facilitated the establishment of a music program, enhancing and extending theoretical knowledge for students and the musical pedagogy of the teachers there. Along the way she met success and disaster. But the experience was valuable one, and not just for the school community. In this personal narrative Arnold draws value from her self-admitted role as a ‘teacher as reflective practitioner’ and through a process of self-examination and community involvement experiences her time there as pivotal in her journey as both a teacher and a learner.

Keywords: Diversity, Building Community, Pedagogy

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.63-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 548.129KB).

Julie Arnold

Academic, School of Education, Victoria University, Sunbury, Victoria, Australia

Julie Arnold has a career spanning 30 years with Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. More recently, she have managed and facilitated teaching and learning, curriculum, partnership projects and research with Bachelor of Education students Victoria University. Responsibilities in Higher Education have lead to nurturing communities of practice through partnership projects. Julie has worked on major projects that aim to focus on innovative practice closely linked and support Professional Learning Teams with the expectation that everyone will be learners. She is doing a PhD in the area of preservice teacher education. Julie regards reflecting upon teaching and learning with students, teachers, preservice teachers and Victoria University Colleagues as vital to professional learning teams.

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