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Miettinen, Laura (SibA): Intercultural Competences in Music Teacher Education Programmes: Co-constructed Discourses amongst Teacher Educators in Finland and Israel

In my doctoral dissertation, Intercultural Competences in Music Teacher Education Programmes: Co-constructed Discourses amongst Teacher Educators in Finland and Israel, I examine how discourses on intercultural competences amongst music teacher educators in two countries are constructed and how teacher education programmes respond to the needs of teacher educators and future music teachers regarding these competences. This case study also considers how new knowledge on music teacher education could be created by collaboratively reflecting on these discourses. The research data of the study consists of curricula and both individual and focus group interviews of music teacher educators from the chosen music teacher education programmes. Data will be analysed and interpreted by using theoretical reading analysis, Foucauldian discourse analysis and cross-case reflection as methodological tools. As practitioner research that aims for co-creation and sharing of knowledge, the study will consider how a more collaborative, interculturally competent and mobile music teacher education programme could be developed based on its findings. As a whole, the findings of the study will make the ways of thinking and the content of teaching regarding multicultural and intercultural issues in music teacher education more conscious. The study will deepen understanding and develop practical tools for tackling issues of cultural diversity in teacher education and music classrooms at the context-specific national and international levels.

Laura Miettinen is a doctoral student in music education at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki. She holds two master's degrees: Master of Music in Music Education from the Sibelius Academy (2006) and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Birmingham, UK (2009).