What is possible to learn? A study of learners´perspectives of a novel technology, MIROR Body Gesture

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik

Abstract: Aim: Previous research within the Musical Interaction Relying On Reflection (MIROR)project has underestimated children’s own voices when investigating learning enhancingmusic technology. This study uncovers six young children’s perspectives regarding what ispossible to learn when interacting with a novel music technology known as MIROR BodyGesture (BG).Theory: The theoretical framework of Variation theory is adopted to explore the intended,enacted and lived object of learning.Method: Document analysis, video observations and interviews shed light on what thechildren in this study are enabled to learn when using this specific music technology. Thisanalysis exposes a distinct discrepancy between the different objects of learning.Results: The children expressed that this technology provided them with the possibilities to;experience contrast between different sounds, become aware of the technology’s function togenerate these differences or variations in the sounds and of their own movements’ functionto initiate these variations. These lived experiences are distinct from the intended object oflearning which aimed at increasing children’s awareness of the different sound morphologyincluding pitch, lateralization, distortion, density and dynamic accent. The learners’perspectives also provided insight that verified and refuted the researcher’s perspectivesconcerning the learning situation. This insight gives a clearer overview of what is possible todiscern through using BG and presents implications for its further improvements.

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