Today is the first day of the Spring I 2019 term of my doctoral program, and I am beginning a class entitled Psychology and Sociology in Music Education: Perspectives and Applications with Dr. Ronald Kos and facilitated by Dr. Joseph Pignato. I am especially interested after doing some preliminary reading and having conversations about cognitive load theory with my friend and colleague, Nick Covington. It looks like I’m going to have a lot of reading to do these next seven weeks!
It looks like this course is organized similar to the Philosophy and History class—weekly reading assignments with discussion board responses, biweekly live classroom discussions, and biweekly papers. Our required texts are:
Later in the course, we will select between two different books to read:
Apple, M. W. (2014). Official knowledge: Democratic education in a conservative age (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
As of right now, I believe this will be the book I read. Based off the description, it appears to be right in line with the learning I am doing outside of my doctoral program.
The topics for each week are as follows:
Psychological Theories in Education
Motivation and Creativity
Identity, Community, and Music Making
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy
Applications of Psychological and Sociological Research
I will go into more detail for each week as we progress through the readings, responses, Live Classrooms, and papers. In Week 1 we are working primarily out of Developmental and Educational Psychology for Teachers. Week 4 is when we look at Sociology for Music Teachers, and Week 6 is when we choose between Official Knowledge and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Spread throughout each week are several journal articles. Weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 will have Live Classrooms. Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 7 will have papers.
I’m looking forward to sharing my learning with you!