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Multimodality: an Illuminating Approach to Unravelling the Complexities of Composing with ICT?

Breeze, Nicholas (2011) Multimodality: an Illuminating Approach to Unravelling the Complexities of Composing with ICT? Music Education Research, 13 (4). pp. 389-405. ISSN Print 1461-3808 Online 1469-9893

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Having previously been employed to investigate science and English classrooms and listening in the music classroom, theories of multimodality would appear to have much to contribute to an examination of group composing using Information and Communications Technology (ICT), owing to the multimodal nature of music software and group discourse. This article reports on a PhD study in which a multimodal perspective was used as a prism with which to investigate pupil composing with computers in the classroom. Utilising a mixed-methods approach, which included video, a specially developed computer-based tool was used to categorise and thematically link the data. A key finding was that the multimodal theoretical perspective enabled various diverse aspects of the music classroom to be revealed and investigated in detail, some of which have hitherto remained largely unexplored. These included the use of classroom space, group collaboration and appraisal of pupils’ composing processes and enabled an in-depth consideration of effective learning designs to be made.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: multimodal, ICT, music classroom, composing, group collaboration, digital video analysis tool
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Nicholas Breeze
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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