The Teaching Experiment

  • Linda M. Ippolito
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)


Ippolito details the design and implementation of a comparative teaching study using music as metaphor, model and arts-based teaching medium. Ippolito takes us, step-by-step, through the curriculum design and teaching of an 11-week course in negotiation and dispute resolution. The chapter presents grounded empirical data and findings from the study that looks at how adopting an “ensemble” approach to negotiation and problem-solving might assist in shifting adversarial combative and competitive frames towards more collaborative settlement-oriented mindsets, and how music-infused pedagogy might assist in developing enhanced skills and practice behaviours leading to more desirable outcomes. The data are expressed through the voices and experiences of the study participants. The chapter summarizes skills development in the areas of relationship-building, increased social and emotional competence, and creative capacities. It compares the outcomes of the two classes engaged in the study—the music group and the non-music group—in a series of simulated negotiations.


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  • Linda M. Ippolito
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  1. 1.TorontoCanada

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