Promoting creative autonomy support in school music education: An intervention study targeting interaction

Vertaalde titel van de bijdrage: Bevorderen van de ondersteuning van creatieve autonomie in muziekonderwijs op school : Een interventiestudie gericht op interactie

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Introduction: The notion of autonomy in Self-Determination Theory is at the core of intrinsically motivated learning, and fulfilment of the need for autonomy is essential for thriving at school. Therefore teacher-provided autonomy support has grown into a key concern in educational research. In the present study into primary school music education, the notion of creative autonomy support is introduced. Research into autonomy support is typically focused on verbal interaction. However, from an enactive perspective, teachers’ gesturing, bodily movement, facial expression, and musical action form an integral part of the socially situated interaction in music lessons, inherently involving autonomy support. In the present study, a distinction is made between creative verbal autonomy support and creative musical and non-verbal autonomy support.

Methods: Applying a process-based time-serial methodology, rooted in a Complex Dynamic Systems and Enactive perspective, the effects of an intervention with Video Feedback Coaching for teachers were investigated. Video data of 105 music lessons of 18 teachers (intervention and control condition) from six primary schools was gathered, to examine teachers’ creative autonomy support at both the individual and group level.

Results: The findings show that teachers in the intervention condition, compared to the control group, achieved a meaningful increase in their ability to offer creative autonomy support verbally. Teachers also showed development for the non-verbal and musical aspects of offering creative autonomy support. However, particularly for offering higher-level creative autonomy support in the non-verbal and musical mode, significant results were found for less than half of the intervention teachers.

Discussion: These results underline the importance of embracing and studying the bodily dimension as an integral part of teacher autonomy support, aimed at emergence of students’ musical creativity, in primary school music education and in teacher training. We explain how these results might be relevant for autonomy enhancing musical activities in vulnerable groups.
Vertaalde titel van de bijdrageBevorderen van de ondersteuning van creatieve autonomie in muziekonderwijs op school : Een interventiestudie gericht op interactie
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-29
Aantal pagina's29
TijdschriftFrontiers in Education
StatusPublished - 3 feb. 2023


  • ondersteuning autonomie
  • musicale creativiteit
  • basisonderwijs
  • creatief denkprocessen
  • muziekonderwijs
  • interactie docent-student

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