Exploring the relation between teacher autonomy support and children’s musical creativity: A complexity approach to studying interaction in primary school music lessons Eine explorative

Linda Hendriks (First author), Henderien Steenbeek, Evert Bisschop Boele, Paul L.C. van Geert

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Abstract

In primary music education a key question is what teachers can do to stimulate students’ musical creativity. For the answer, delving into teacher-student interaction during the creative processes in the naturalistic setting of primary music lessons is required. Twenty-six music lessons from thirteen teachers and their classes of seven Dutch schools were recorded to explore the relation between teachers’ autonomy support and students’ divergent and convergent thought & action. Quantitative sequential analysis and thematic analysis were combined to examine this relation, using a framework offered by Complex Dynamic Systems theory and Enaction theory. In contrast to classical correla-tional analysis, sequential analysis focuses on the dynamics, and thus on the temporal relation in classroom interaction. The results show that mostly lower-level autonomy support was offered. Es-pecially in creative lessons, higher-level autonomy support is more likely to lead to higher-level student divergent thought and action. For convergent thought and action, the results were less con-clusive. An implication of the findings is that (research into) music education could benefit from interventions aimed at enhancing autonomy support in primary school music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-41
Number of pages41
JournalBulletin of Empirical Music Education Research
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • autonomy support
  • musical creativity
  • divergent thinking
  • convergent thinking
  • creative thinking
  • music education
  • primary school

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