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|Title:||An exploration of a student string quartet as a model of cooperative learning|
|Abstract:||This descriptive case study explores the functioning of a student string quartet during rehearsal. Through the theoretical lens of social constructivism, this study seeks to develop a meaningful interpretation of the phenomenon of student chamber music rehearsals. Using a qualitative methodology, this study employs the data collection techniques of non-participant observation, group and individual interview to construct a rich description of the interactions and processes which make up the participants’ rehearsal environment. The data indicate that rehearsals are a complex phenomenon and involve: the musical and social coordination of the group, an agreed sense of leadership, a regular rehearsal structure, and the group members’ individual and collaborative construction of meaning through verbal discussions. External factors, such as upcoming concerts and master classes, appeared to have a positive effect on the group’s perceived level of mental focus during rehearsals. The group’s democratic style of leadership was found to permeate most aspects of the rehearsal process, in particular their mutual construction of meaning. Comparisons are made with the similar functions, leadership and achievements of cooperative learning groups, leading to speculation about further educational implications of this study.|
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