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Adults' constructions of an early childhood music class: lived experience and cultural reproduction

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posted on 2022-03-28, 14:02 authored by Miriam Jones
The provision of extra-curricular or enrichment activities for young children has boomed in recent years. This thesis offers an ethnographic study of a specific class in an early childhood music (ECM) program held at a regional Conservatorium of Music, exploring how adult participants (teachers, administrators, and carers) construct the class. Using interviews, participant observation, field notes, questionnaires and video recordings as my primary methodological tools, I present a picture of the construction of the ECM class through adults' diverse expectations, perceptions, life histories, beliefs and behaviours. I look to the substantial body of cultural reproduction literature which has grown from the example of Bourdieu; in particular I make use of the literature on class-specific parenting strategies which are argued to facilitate the "transmission of differential advantages" (Lareau, 2011, p. 5). I seek to contextualize participation in early years' enrichment activities in processes of cultural reproduction without denying the meaningful and affective relationship participants have with the class.


Alternative Title

Adults' constructions of early childhood music .


Theoretical thesis. Spine title: Adults' constructions of early childhood music . Bibliography: pages 64-74

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institute of Early Childhood

Department, Centre or School

Institute of Early Childhood

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Peter Whiteman


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