INVESTIGATING MUSICAL BEHAVIOUR TEST AT UPPER BASIC SCHOOLS IN SOUTH-EAST NIGERIA
Keywords:musical behaviour, test, measurement, evaluation, upper basic schools
Test or assessment is inseparable from human endaviour as a bedrock for attaining success. It is a core component of the curriculum. Musical behaviour is not without test in indigenous tradition nor in the Western perspective as we have in the school. The slight difference is that in the indigenous tradition no failure is produced unlike what happens in the classroom. This qualitative study gathered data from literature and interview from the pre-service music teachers at the upper basic schools at the South-eastern part of Nigeria. The study revealed among others that paper pencil type of test focusing on multiple choice and essay are the most widely used test type adopted by the interviewed teachers. The result also concurred with literature on the lopsided nature of test that upheld majorly the cognitive domain at the neglect of the psychomotor and affective domains. The study concludes by recommending that the teacher should test both for the subjective and objective musical learning of the students. Furthermore, the researcher through the study recommends organization of workshop or training for the teachers on test construction.