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Title: Musical behaviours and development of children and young people with complex needs : three longitudinal case studies
Author: Cheng, Evangeline Kai-Wen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2695 3846
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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This research provides the first longitudinal case studies (three cases altogether) through direct observations, to investigate and assess the musical behaviours and development of children and young people with complex needs, within the context of a special school. The aims of this research are: (1) to create a new assessment procedure to systematically assess the musical behaviours and development of students with complex needs; and (2) to investigate the musical behaviours and development of three cases over eight to 13 months, using this new assessment procedure. To carry out this research, the researcher uses the Sounds of Intent (Sol) framework as the theoretical foundation, the newly created assessment procedure as the operational tool and the case study approach as the overall methodological strategy. Several analytical perspectives are provided, including weekly data analyses, weekly profile analyses and termly analyses. Research findings suggest that, firstly, it is possible to systematically assess and evaluate the musical behaviours and development of the students over a sustained period of time, using the newly developed assessment procedure. Secondly, the data analyses of these students' concentric and stack profiles demonstrated a wide variation and range of musical behaviours over the observational period. Finally, across the three domains in the Sol framework, all the students showed different degrees of progress in their musical behaviours, and their musical development moved towards more complex musical behaviours in the latter observational period. Following the data analyses, a list of preliminary factors which may explain the simpler and more complex musical behaviours of the students are offered. Relevant critiques and suggestions for further research are also provided to help the future development of the broad Sol research programme and to call for more research on music for children and young people with complex needs.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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