University Music Educators Creating Piano-Learning Environments in Finnish Primary School Teacher Education

Anu Sepp, Lenita Hietanen, Jukka Enbuska, Vesa Tuisku, Inkeri Ruokonen, Heikki Ruismäki

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The importance of supportive learning environments has been considered of utmost importance. In Finnish
universities where the educational entities are being re-organised, teacher educators have to reconsider and
also reorganise the learning environments to sustain the quality of teaching. At the Universities of Helsinki and
Lapland, where the primary school student teachers' music programmes are under serious pressure, a large
scale research project “Arctic Reformative and Exploratory Teaching Profession” (ArkTop), was launched,
aiming to support teachers’ life-long professional development by organizing research based in-service
courses, thus, providing possibilities for cooperation and creating networks between universities and
comprehensive schools in Lapland through shared expertise, critical reflections and research. Part of this
project focuses on different possibilities for developing music, including piano courses in primary school
teacher education. In this particular study, the issues of piano-learning environments are examined. The study
focuses on mapping the main problems and finding possible solutions in music programmes for creating
supportive piano-learning environments in primary school teacher education by analysing topic-specific
curricular documents of both universities and the interview data drawn from a number of lecturers. In order to
create the best possible learning environments, it is essential to explore how university music educators
comprehend the opportunities for designing piano-learning environments.
TidskriftThe European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences
Sidor (från-till)2852-2864
Antal sidor13
StatusPublicerad - feb 2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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