Music as Pedagogy

By Dianne McAdams Jones, Marlene Bacon and LaShawn Camille Williams-Schultz.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Today’s students, in general, and nursing students, in particular, are a part of a different learning environment. They live and learn in an environment that uses technology. One piece of technology that is easy to notice on many students is the iPod or some other brand of musical paraphernalia plugged into their ears, Nursing students use technology. The attitudes/perceptions of student nurses who listen to music while studying have been little researched. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was completed and three college campuses of pre- nursing and first year nursing students in an associate of science degree program were sampled. This study explored the student nurses’ attitudes/perceptions of the affects of listening to music while they study. The purpose of the study was to survey student nurses’ current listening habits and attitudes regarding music as a possible learning enhancement. The research questions “What is the benefit to recall when the content to be learned is delivered through music?” and “What are student nurses’ perceptions of how listening to music assists them in studying?” were explored through a mixed methods study. This mixed methods study included qualitative (5 participants) and quantitative (33 participants). Using a t-test to compare pre and post test data along with NVivo ( a qualitative data analysis program) threads and themes recurred in testimonial from students of the many benefits gained through studying with music. Some of the threads identified were, a) “keeps me focused”, b) “it tunes out background noise” and c) “it helps me to remember the content I am studying”.

Keywords: Music, Pedagogy, Studying, Learning, Music and Learning, Music and Studying

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.357-378. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.047MB).

Dr. Dianne McAdams Jones

Assistant Professor, Nursing, Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah, USA

Registered Nurse 37 years in the areas of Military(8 years), Higher (University) Education (15 years), Hospital Education (10 years), Hospital Nursing (25 years), Teaching(35 years). Doctoral student in Nursing. Publications: “Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone”, “Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury,” and “Thyroid Storm” for The American Nurse, “Leaving Your Comfort Zone: Immersion in English for the Foreign Born”, Nursing Perspectives, NLN, Presentations in US: The Right to Live, Advance Directives, Teaching Effectivenes, Organ Donors: Revisiting the Issues. I am interested in engaging students and discovering new teaching methods which involve students “hands on”.

Marlene Bacon

Chair Department of Nursing Utah Valley University, Department of Nursing, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)RN, Administrator Nursing 15 years, Manager Nursing 10 years, NLN Delegate, PhD 10 years, Educator in Nursing 20 years. Interested in teaching, engaging students and research in this filed to enhance learning environments. As Chair of the Department of Nursing, I manage the daily operations of the school of nursing, I teach and I mentor my staff.

LaShawn Camille Williams-Schultz

Clinical Instructor, Social Work, Utah State University, Provo, Utah, USA

LaShawn Williams-Schultz, Ed.D (c ) is a Clinical Instructor for Utah State University where she serves as faculty in the undergraduate and the graduate Social Work program. LaShawn has practiced as a Case Worker with the youth in secondary schools for 3 years and as a Leadership Coordinator for Associate Degree students in Minority Programs.


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