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dc.contributor.advisorEmond, D. Paul
dc.creatorIppolito, Linda Marie
dc.description.abstractThe need for change within the legal profession and legal education is critical. To remain relevant and responsive to twenty-first century challenges and complexities the next generation of professionals must be creative, imaginative, and innovative thinkers. Emotional and social intelligence, the ability to collaboratively problem-solve, negotiate, and mediate complex conflict are essential skills needed for success particularly in increasingly settlement-oriented environments. Studies and reports have noted, however, that practitioners are lacking these key skills. How can these new perspectives and essential skills be taught and developed? This mixed methods research study involved five professional musicians and thirty-eight first year law school students. Data from musicians regarding effective collaborative music-making and most valued capacities for achieving optimal outcomes informed the design of a comparative teaching study that explored the effects of introducing a music-based metaphor and pedagogical approach to teaching, learning, and resolving conflict. The study provided insights into whether and how the musical ensemble metaphor might assist in shifting adversarial combative and competitive frames toward more collaborative, settlement-oriented mindsets and whether and how music-infused pedagogy might assist in developing enhanced skills and practice behaviours that lead to more desirable outcomes. Results from this initial study suggest that non-musicians in non-musical environments are able to learn from musical metaphors and concepts related to ensemble music-making and that such learning – cognitive, affective, and behavioural – translates into changed and more effective behaviour in practice. In simulated scenarios students exposed to the musical metaphor and other music-based learning appeared to outperform their colleagues not exposed to similar music-based learning. Engagement with music appears to reconnect people to their creative potential and lead them to see the efficacy of employing creative thinking in professional environments where analytical and critical thinking have generally been over-emphasized. There are indications that experiences with collaborative approaches to conflict have the potential to shift traditional norms and behaviours. This study and its results are of interest to those in the field of law, conflict resolution, those exploring arts-based teaching and learning in other professions, such as leadership and organizational behaviour, to music educators, and educators at all levels generally.
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dc.subjectMusic education
dc.subjectAlternative dispute resolution
dc.titleChanging Our Tune: A Music-Based Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Resolving Conflict
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.subject.keywordsMusic education
dc.subject.keywordsMusic-based pedagogy
dc.subject.keywordsArts-based education
dc.subject.keywordsLegal pedagogy
dc.subject.keywordsLegal education
dc.subject.keywordsExperiential learning
dc.subject.keywordsExperiential education
dc.subject.keywordsNegotiation teaching
dc.subject.keywordsNegotiation training
dc.subject.keywordsArt and law
dc.subject.keywordsLaw and music
dc.subject.keywordsConflict resolution
dc.subject.keywordsDispute resolution
dc.subject.keywordsAlternative dispute resolution
dc.subject.keywordsInterest-based negotiation
dc.subject.keywordsCollaborative negotiation
dc.subject.keywordsCollaborative problem-solving
dc.subject.keywordsConflict transformation
dc.subject.keywordsLegal practice
dc.subject.keywordsProfessional development
dc.subject.keywordsOrganizational development
dc.subject.keywordsProfessional education
dc.subject.keywordsArts-based professional education
dc.subject.keywordsLegal artistry
dc.subject.keywordsDispute settlement
dc.subject.keywordsSettlement negotiation
dc.subject.keywordsLeadership artistry
dc.subject.keywordsOrganizational behaviour

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