Martin Fautley, Professor of Education, Victoria Kinsella, Research Fellow in Education (Creativity), Phil Taylor, MA Education and Masters in Teaching and Learning Course Director, Jane O’Connor, Reader in Childhood Studies
The National Foundation for Youth Music has awarded grants to support 10 Exchanging Notes projects across England. Each project (a partnership between a school and specialist music provider) works with young people at risk of low attainment, disengagement, or educational exclusion to see how participation in regular music-making activities can enable achievement of musical, educational and wider outcomes. Researchers in the School of Education are supporting the project over a four-year period through the evaluation of the educational and musical outcomes of these new models.
Aim of research
This project aims to:
- See how participation in regular music-making activities can enable achievement of musical, educational and wider outcomes
- Explore these benefits across a variety of different musical approaches and styles
- Stimulate fresh thinking and support the aspirations set out in the National Plan for Music Education.
Read more here: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/research/stories/exchanging-notes
Name: Dr. Victoria Kinsella
Role at BCU: Research Fellow in the school of Education
- Creativity in Education
- Activity theory
- Teaching and Learning
- Music Education
- Art and Design Education
Research you are currently working on: I am lead and co-researcher on a number of arts and creativity projects:
- Youth Music Exchanging Notes Evaluation
- Koestler Trust Arts Gateway Mentoring Scheme
- One Handed Musical Instrument Teaching Project
- Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools External Project Evaluation.
- Stringcredibles Evaluation Project.
Research methodologies you are using: The research and evaluation projects consists of a mixed method research design which involves both qualitative and quantitative methods allowing a wide range of data to be collected. This enables the resulting research and evaluation to be as valid and reliable as possible. Engaging in the complex teaching and learning environment requires not just one way of knowing but methods that take into account diversity and difference.
Current issues, thoughts and reflections on education & research: In England, the development of creativity in education is in a state of flux. The omission of the arts from the English Baccalaureate and challenges posed by school assessment and performativity measures can be viewed as indicative of discrimination against creative and cultural forms of intelligence.
Most influential research you have read/seen: Engeström’s (1999) activity theory has been most influential for my research. It provides an ideal framework through which a more holistic view of learning is possible. It accounts for different identities, intelligences, modes of learning, and pedagogical processes.
Engeström, Y. (1999) Activity theory and individual and social transformation. In Engeström, Y. Miettinen, R. & Punamäki R. L. (Eds) Perspectives on activity theory .Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 19-38.
Advice for new researchers: To talk about your work with your peers. I found casual discussions with colleagues often illuminated something about my work that I had not previously considered. This was most effective whilst drinking coffee!
Mini fact about you: I love going to rock concerts!
Written by Dr. Victoria Kinsella, Research fellow in education.
In April 2014, the National Foundation for Youth Music announced grants to support 10 Exchanging Notes projects across England. Since September, each project (a partnership between a school and specialist music provider) has been working with young people at risk of low attainment, disengagement or educational exclusion to see how participation in regular music-making activities can enable achievement of musical, educational and wider outcomes. The 10 projects comprise a wide range of educational contexts, all developing innovative approaches and working with a variety of different musical approaches and styles. This includes; music technology, learning an instrument, singing, group percussion, song-writing, music mentoring, production, performance and musical communication.
I am very excited to be working as part of a team of researchers at Birmingham City University on this longitudinal four year action research evaluation. It is hoped that the results of this project may have great significance to the music education sector to stimulate fresh thinking and support the aspirations set out in the National Plan for Music Education.
Alongside regular visits to the settings, we have already had two national meetings hosted at the University. These meetings have provided a great opportunity to share effective practice, discuss challenges, disseminate early findings and build an exchanging notes community. I look forward to observing the second term of music activities and keeping you updated on its progress
National Meeting at Birmingham City University 2015