The complexity of the various forms of knowledge and practices that are encountered by teachers, university lecturers, teacher trainers, student teachers, policy makers and researchers, demands careful thought and reflection. Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education focuses on how knowledge is understood, what theories are held and the related assumptions that are made about teachers and learners, as well as how theory and practice can be understood, with useful and imaginative connections made between the two in music teacher education. Internationally renowned contributors address a number of fundamental questions designed to take the reader to the heart of current debates around knowledge, practice, professionalism, and learning and teaching in music as well as considering how all these elements are influenced by economic, cultural and social forces. The book demonstrates how research can inform pedagogical approaches in music teacher education; methods, courses and field experiences, and prepare teachers for diverse learners from a range of educational settings. The book will appeal to those interested in the development of appropriate professional knowledge and pedagogic practices in music teacher education.
'In questioning the ownership of professional knowledge this book achieves its aim of prompting the reader to reflect critically on "your own perspectives as well as the perspectives offered in the book". If the result is not entirely comfortable for us as teacher educators, that is perhaps a necessary condition for critical reflection, it is perhaps recognition of the central role that politics plays in the construction of knowledge, and it is also an indication of a job well done by the editors and contributors to this book'. British Journal of Music Education