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Peripatetic music teachers approaching mid-career: a cause for concern?

Baker, David (2005) Peripatetic music teachers approaching mid-career: a cause for concern? British Journal of Music Education, 22 (2). pp. 141-153. ISSN 0265-0517. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This article discusses music service teachers' notions of pedagogical competence and occupational prospects as they approach mid-career. Respondents were drawn from a comprehensive life history study of 28 Local Education Authority employees. Of this larger cohort, 20 individuals contributed to findings discussed here. Data were collected and analysed between October 2002 and March 2004. Findings suggest a critical phase between 36 and 42 years of age. The episode entails reaching a professional apex, plateau or crisis in light of high pedagogical efficacy and career limitations. It culminates in a transformation of self-identity. Owing to respondents' unease about this period, the career structure of music service teachers is questioned.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 13:15
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:06
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