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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Britz, Anna Maria Elizabeth
URN etd-07222005-150837
Document Title South African unit standards for culture and arts education and music as an elective sub-field
Degree MMus (Music Education)
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof H H Van Der Mescht Committee Chair
Prof C van Niekerk Committee Co-Chair
  • music instruction and study standards
  • University of Pretoria dissertaions music
  • music in education
  • music instruction and study research
Date 2003-04-01
Availability unrestricted
As a member of the MEUSSA (Music Education Unit Standards for Southern Africa) research project, the author in this dissertation explored the Culture and Arts learning area in South Africa. It departs from the premise that Arts Education is essential for human development.

The proposed Culture and Arts learning area is a programme where the Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music are integrated. A broad holistic approach that would provide a general background to the Arts to all learners in South Africa is envisaged.

Current South African education stresses that learners should develop their creative and critical thinking powers and their problem-solving abilities. The adopted system of Outcomes-based education (OBE) and its application to the Culture and Arts learning area have the potential to facilitate these aims.

The most relevant philosophical, psychological and didactic principles for heterogeneous South African education are those that encourage independent and creative thinking such as Metacognitive learning, the theory of Multiple Intelligences and theories on contextualised intelligence.

The South African Qualifications Authority framework and the writing of unit standards for the Culture and Arts learning area are explored in Chapter 3. Unit standards for the Culture and Arts learning area (level 1) and for Music as an elective (levels 1-4) are the focus of respectively Chapters 4 and 5.

The MEUSSA group adopted the MEUSSA model to map unit standards for Music as an elective. The author, however, extended the model to include the integrated Culture and Arts learning area.

It is concluded that conceptualised and contextualised learning is essential for appreciation and understanding of the Arts. The MEUSSA. model provides structures for meaningful and synoptic learning for all learners in South Africa.

2002, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

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Britz, AME 2002, South African unit standards for culture and arts education and music as an elective sub-field, MMus dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07222005-150837/ >


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