Department of Education Studies
Why should bringing the power of music into student learning be a challenge – even more so when the class comprises students deemed in need of ‘special education’? To address this question, three case studies are presented of Hong Kong special schools music teachers experienced in teaching students with intellectual disabilities at senior secondary level. Findings suggest that behind individual teacher variations to the standardised music curriculum lie not only rigid pedagogies, but also limited implementation strategies and hence mindsets of low expectations of ‘special education’ students' music learning. This predictive and prescriptive approach to student learning is here challenged by an alternative view that, to successfully aid ‘special education’ students, it is helpful if teachers reflect first on what learning is like for these students.
music curriculum, pedagogy, special education, teaching, case study
Source Publication Title
Music Education Research
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wong, M. (2015). Adapting the music curriculum for senior secondary students with intellectual disabilities in Hong Kong: content, pedagogy and mindsets. Music Education Research, 17 (1), 71-87. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2014.906396