Does the 21st century music curriculum enable Northern Ireland’s children sing each other’s songs?

Scharf, J. and Odena, O. (2023) Does the 21st century music curriculum enable Northern Ireland’s children sing each other’s songs? In: Odena, O. (ed.) Music and Social Inclusion: International Research and Practice in Complex Settings. Series: SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music. Routledge: Abingdon, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 130-144. ISBN 9781032037196 (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter discusses results from an enquiry on the potential of Northern Ireland’s music curriculum to contribute to cross-community cohesion. A segregated schooling system, historically aligned to Protestant and Catholic churches, is perceived to support society’s opposing cultural identities. We consider data on 32 secondary music teachers’ classroom approaches to developing students’ ‘Mutual Understanding’ and ‘Cultural Understanding’, two statutory curriculum requirements since 2007. Teacher responses to a policy introduced a decade later that promotes shared education across the community divide are also discussed. We conclude with a critical evaluation of the evidence and how identified issues might be addressed.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:This chapter was double peer-reviewed before being accepted for publication in the book. Scharf led the fieldwork. Odena led chapter development supported by AHRC (AH/S003851/1), Royal Society of Edinburgh (Ref. 62292) and Scottish Funding Council (refs. 308355 and 313763).
Status:In Press
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Odena, Professor Oscar
Authors: Scharf, J., and Odena, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781032037196

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303890The Arts of Inclusion (TAI): Examining the role of performing Arts for Peace Education in Conflict. A UK-Latin American Countries NetworkOscar OdenaArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/S003851/1ED - The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
305663The Arts of Inclusion (TAI): Examining the role of Performing Arts for Peace Education in Conflict. A Scottish-Latin American Countries NetworkOscar OdenaThe Royal Society of Edinburgh (ROYSOCED)62292IS - Interdisciplinary Studies
308355The Role of Music Practices for Peace Education in Conflict (MuPPEC)Oscar OdenaScottish Funding Council (SFC)SFC Global Challenges ResED - The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change