Jody Stark is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Prior to moving to Manitoba, Dr. Stark taught music education at Concordia University of Edmonton and the University of Alberta after teaching elementary general music in English and French Immersion schools for nine years. Her current research interests include music teacher education and professional learning, music education philosophy, and identity and music. A recent graduate of the University of Alberta, Jody’s Ph.D. dissertation on the professional learning of elementary music teachers won a 2018 Canadian Association of Teacher Education Dissertation Award.
The Other Dewey: (Re)Framing Music Teacher Practice and Learning through the Lens of Dewey's Theory of Experience
In this paper, I argue that Dewey’s theory of experience provides useful philosophical and conceptual tools for understanding music teachers’ experiences of teaching and professional growth throughout their careers. I also argue that such an understanding is key to facilitating meaningful change in the profession of music education. Using data from a recent qualitative case study informed by Dewey’s theory of experience (Stark, 2018), this paper will discuss the kinds of insights a Deweyan-inspired framework has the potential to facilitate in scholarship that seeks to undertake a critical examination of music teacher learning.