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Dr Carolyn Cooke

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I am a Staff Tutor (Education) based in Scotland. I have previously worked as a Music Teacher, Head of Music, Teacher Education lecturer (secondary, primary, music education, professional studies) and as a Research Assistant. My Staff tutor role is centred around primary and early years education. 

I have interests in music education, teacher education and STEAM education. I have recently completed my PhD; 'Troubling' Music Education: (Re-)making research and music education differently.  

My publications including co-editing the third edition of Learning to teach music in a secondary school (https://www.routledge.com/Learning-to-Teach-Music-in-the-Secondary-School-A-companion-to-school/Cooke-Evans-Philpott-Spruce/p/book/9780415713092​), and more recently chapters in Taylor and Bayley (2019) Posthumanism and Higher Education: Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research (​Palgrave Macmillan) and Colucci-Gray and Burnard (2019) ​Why Science and Arts creativities matter: STEAM (re-)configurings for future-making education (​Sense publications). 

I am very fortunate to live in beautiful rural Aberdeenshire. 

 

Research interests

PhD title: 'Troubling' Music Education: (Re-)making research and music education differently. 

​I have broad research interests around and between the following areas:

  • The definition and use of the term pedagogy
  • Teacher Education and professional learning
  • Music Education
  • Posthumanism and post-qualitative research
  • Play / improvisation / making

Teaching interests

In Higher Education I have taught on a broad range of courses including:

  • Music Education PGCE / PGDE (Primary and Secondary)
  • Professional studies PGCE / PGDE including course design
  • Undergraduate Primary Education courses

I am very fortunate to have undertaken school visits to moderate student teachers achievements for four different institutions, across England, Wales and Scotland and in Primary and Secondary. 

My approach to teaching is one of 'making together', providing opportunities and materials to push us to explore ideas from different perspectives, and moving beyond accepted or presented narratives. 

 

Publications

On Methodological Accounts of Improvisation and "Making with" in Science and Music (2019-12-19)
Cooke, Carolyn
In: Burnard, Pam and Colucci-Gray, Laura eds. Why Science and Art Creativities Matter: (Re-)Configuring STEAM for Future-making Education. Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching
ISBN : 978-90-04-39611-1 | Publisher : Brill I Sense | Published : Leiden


Complex Knowing: Promoting Response-Ability Within Music and Science Teacher Education (2019-04-18)
Colucci-Gray, Laura and Cooke, Carolyn
In: Taylor, Carol A. and Bayley, Annouchka eds. Posthumanism and Higher Education: Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research (pp. 165-185)
ISBN : 978-3-030-14672-6 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan


Behaviour for Musical Learning (2016-04-21)
Cooke, Carolyn
In: Cooke, Carolyn; Evans, Keith; Philpott, Chris and Spruce, Gary eds. Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience (3rd Edition). Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School (pp. 94-108)
ISBN : 9781315621203 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxon


What is a Music Curriculum? (2016-04-21)
Cooke, Carolyn and Spruce, Gary
In: Cooke, Carolyn; Evans, Keith; Philpott, Chris and Spruce, Gary eds. Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience (3rd Edition). Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School (pp. 63-79)
ISBN : 9781315621203 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxon


Critical Reflection for Social Justice and Inclusion in Music Education (2015-12-10)
Cooke, Carolyn
In: Benedict, Cathy; Schmidt, Patrick; Spruce, Gary and Woodford, Paul eds. The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education
ISBN : 9780199356157 | Publisher : Oxford University Press


Promoting an inclusive music classroom (2011-12-16)
Cooke, Carolyn
In: Spruce, Gary; Beech, Nick and Evans, Julie eds. Making Music in the Primary School: Whole Class Instrumental and Vocal Teaching (pp. 33-44)
ISBN : 9780415561303 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Personal, learning and thinking skills and functional skills (2011-10)
Cooke, Carolyn
In: Price, Jayne and Savage, Jonathan eds. Teaching Secondary Music (pp. 37-48)
ISBN : 9780857023933 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London


Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience (3rd Edition) (2016-04-21)
Cooke, Carolyn; Evans, Keith; Philpott, Chris and Spruce, Gary eds.
Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series
ISBN : 9781315621203 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxon


Posthumanising transdisciplinary pedagogies: New directions for democratising how the arts and sciences can teach creatively together (2021)
Burnard, Pam; Colucci-Gray, Laura and Cooke, Carolyn
In : American Education Research Association Annual Meeting (8-12 Apr 2021, Online)


‘Troubling’ Music Education: Playing, (re)making and researching differently (2021)
Cooke, Carolyn
In : Birmingham City University Centre for the study of Practice and Culture in Education (Apr 2021, Online hosted by BCU)


Transdisciplinarity: Making the case and heeding the evidence for letting arts and science teach together with a new turn for music education (2020)
Cooke, Carolyn; Burnard, Pam; Colucci-Gray, Laura and Sinha, Pallawi
In : Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) 2020 ONLINE CONFERENCE, 42nd Conference (4 Oct 2020, Online)


Redefining music pedagogy: using improvising as an enactive metaphor with music student teachers (2017)
Cooke, Carolyn
In : Research in Music Education (24-27 Apr 2017, Bath Spa University)


Pedagogy as Improvisation: a possible scaffold to support music student teachers developing pedagogical understanding (2016)
Cooke, Carolyn
In : The International Society of Music Education (Jul 2016, Glasgow)


Teaching as performance: music student teacher’s perceptions of pedagogy (2015)
Cooke, Carolyn
In : Scottish Educational Research Association (Nov 2015, University of Aberdeen)


Critical Pedagogy in Music Education (2012)
Cooke, Carolyn and Spruce, Gary
In : European Association for Music in Schools (13-16 Feb 2012, The Hague, the Netherlands)