CCRSM has taken the responsibility of carrying out a pioneering large-scale qualitative research among early childhood music educators and early childhood educationalists in Mediterranean contexts. Sites of investigation include Nicosia and Larnaca in Cyprus, Athens and Corfu in Greece, Rome in Italy, Madrid, Granada and Melilla (South Africa) in Spain; funded by EU.
We investigate their self-efficacy beliefs, their perceptions of themselves, music teaching, multiculturalism and intercultural methodologies in ECME, children’s agency in music learning. The teachers' understanding on relationships between teachers and learners, multicultural and intercultural communication, the formulation of their musical identities, their perceived teaching and musical abilities, and their perceptions of children’s music learning are investigated and analysed; all-important in the educative process. Our purpose is to access teachers’ own realities and the ways these realities are experienced individually by each person, in order to illuminate their process of learning and teaching music and make suggestions.
What might such research on Mediterranean educationalists teach us?
How does it affect our understanding of teaching and learning?
What can we propose regarding music teacher education?
How global circumstances, ideologies, traditional approaches in Mediterranean contexts affect music teacher preparation and teaching practice?
The research is funded by the European Commission and a number of partners in these areas will facilitate its execution.