Definition: A reason for doing something.

Issues: Teachers need to be clear about why they are teaching a topic. Students should also have this information so they know why the topic is worth learning. Having a purpose directly helps the level of student participation.

Participation is a crucial element of any activity. In some contexts such as Performing Arts, participation can be the primary objective. Participation also aids retention as people learn through doing. "Experienced teachers are aware of the importance of the actual performance experience as the most engaging teaching activity in music." (1)

Recommendation: Expect quality participation because people learn through doing.


(1) Colwell (2002:302)

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