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Dr Geoffrey Lowe

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6939
Facsimile: +61 8 0400460887
Email: g.lowe@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.144  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9413-7080

Geoffrey is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education for the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 2007 - Western Australian Band Association (WABA)
  • 2006 - Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME)
  • 1998 - International Association for Music Education (ISME)
  • 1994 - Australian Association for Music Education (ASME)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Motivation theories, particularly relating to lower secondary school
  • Secondary teaching pedagogy (music education)
  • Resource development (music education)
  • Critical reflective practice (generic)
  • Education in developing countries (Africa)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Master of Music Education, The University of Western Australia, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Music, The University of Melbourne, 1982.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2020). Examined lives: The transformative power of active interviewing in narrative approach. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 25(1), 14-27.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2020). Reappraising the AITSL Professional Engagement Domain: Clarifying Social Capacity Building for School Leaders to Enhance Overall Teacher Job Satisfaction and Career Longevity. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(9), 61-78. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2020v45n9.4.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G., Prout, P. (2019). Reframing Teacher In-service Training in Kenya: Recommendations from the Literature. Africa Education Review, 16(3), 54-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2017.1340803.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T. (2019). Positive veteran teachers: Who are they, and where are they to be found?. Issues in Educational Research, 29(3), 823-840.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S. (2019). An elixir for veteran teachers: The power of social connections in keeping these teachers passionate and enthusiastic in their work. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 24(9), 2244-2258.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., Jefferson, S. (2019). “I feel very fortunate to still be doing what I love”: Later career performing arts teachers still keen and committed. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 20(7), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.26209/ijea20n7.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T. (2019). Still keen and committed: Piloting an instrument for identifying positive veteran teachers. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 25(4), 418-433. https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2019.1621829.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G. (2019). "Learning the ropes": Pre-service arts teachers navigating the extracurricular terrain. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(4), 78-90. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2018v44n4.6.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G. (2018). Competition versus cooperation: Implications for music teachers following students feedback from participation in a large-scale cooperative music festival. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43(5), 78-94.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G., Morris, J. (2017). Pre-service primary teachers' experiences and self-efficacy to teach music: Are they ready?. Issues in Educational Research, 27(2), 314-329.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G., Coy, N. (2016). Immersion, relevance and transferability: The motivational preferences of lower secondary students towards a newly created praxis-based class music program. Australian Journal of Music Education, 50(2), 39-47.

Journal Articles

  • Greig, J., Lowe, G. (2014). Breaking sound barriers: New perspectives on effective big band development and rehearsal. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2014(1), 52 - 65.
  • Lowe, G., Sutherland, A. (2014). Western Australian music teachers and the WACE Music syllabus five years down the track:Where are we now?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(11), 162 - 177. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v39n11.10.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G. (2013). Brass bands, cave men and community wellness: Using evolutionary biology as a framework for understanding the motivation of community music groups. e-Journal of Studies in Music education, 9(2), 64-77.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Murcia, K. (2013). I See, I Think I Wonder: An Evaluation of Journaling as a Critical Reflective Tool for Aiding Teachers in Challenging or Confronting Contexts. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(6), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2013v38n6.6.

Conference Publications

  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G. (2013). ACARA and the generalist push: What does it mean for music education from a teacher-training perspective ?. Redefining the musical landscape: inspired learning and innovation in music education. XIX National Conference Proceedings (125-131). Australian Society for Music Education.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G. (2012). Lessons for teachers: What lower secondary school students tell us about learning a musical instrument. International Journal of Music Education, 30(3), 227-243. https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761411433717.
  • Lowe, G., Belcher, S. (2012). Direct instruction and music literacy: one approach to augmenting the diminishing?. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2012(1), 3 - 13.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G. (2011). Class music learning activities: Do students find them important, interesting and useful?. Research Studies in Music Education, 33(2), 143 - 159. https://doi.org/10.1177/1321103X11422768.

Conference Publications

  • Lowe, G. (2011). Retention in instrumental programs in lower secondary school: the student perspective. Magnetic Resonance & Research Conversations: Proceedings of the 2010 XXXVII and 2011 XXXIII Annual Conferences (31 - 40). Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education.
  • Lowe, G. (2011). Students voting with their feet: The values students attach to class music learning activities in lower secondary school. Magnetic Resonance & Research Conversations: Proceedings of the 2010 XXXVII and 2011 XXXIII Annual Conferences (41 - 49). Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G. (2010). In their voice: Lower secondary school students' beliefs about playing musical instruments, and the impact of the instrument lesson upon those beliefs. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010(2), 41-51.

Research Projects

  • The Motivation of Year 8 Students To Continue Learning a Musical Instrument: Why Are They Dropping Out?, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2009 ‑ 2010, $24,668.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An investigation into transferable skills acquired through participation in an arts education

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring Vietnamese first-year English-major students’ motivation: a longitudinal, mixed-methods investigation

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, A Tale of the Well-ness Monster: Examining the Mental Wellness Needs of Pre-service Teachers During the Final Practicum.

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Emerging strategies for Western Australian secondary shool jazz ensemble directors: Improving engagement with drum-set students
  • Master of Education, The perceived 'classroom readiness' and support of Western Australian primary graduate teachers
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Practicing jazz performance: An investigation into the process that underpins optimal instrumental practice in the jazz idiom.
  • Master of Education, The development of a 15 minute direct instruction program for year 7 students for the victorian music classroom and an evaluation of its effectiveness in advancing students' music literacy
  • Master of Education, Principles for designing an effective, post-compulsory music curriculum suitable for Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Finding marigolds: A study into the shared characteristics of positive veteran Western Australian teachers and the role of social support in sustaining their commitment to teaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy, A study on the impact of music looping technology intervention upon pre-service generalist teachers' self-efficacy to teach music in primary schools

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An interdisciplinary intervention: The potential of the orff-schulwerk approach as a pedagogical tool for the effective teaching of italian to upper primary students in Western Australia.
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