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Performative Approaches in Arts Education
Artful Teaching, Learning and Research

ISBN 9780367662127
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

In Performative Approaches in Arts Education, researchers, artists and practitioners from philosophy and the arts elaborate on what performative approaches can contribute to 21st century arts education. Introducing new perspectives on learning, the contributors provide a central international perspective, developing a paradigm in which the artist, teacher and researcher’s form of teaching is enmeshed with content, and human agency is entangled with non-human matter.

The book explores issues connected to both teaching and learning in the arts, engaging in debates about the value of meaning making in the artistic process, the way social ethos can guide performative approaches and the changes in education that performative approaches can bring.

Performative Approaches in Arts Education will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of arts education, philosophy of education and education research methods. It will also appeal to teachers and teacher educators, artists and teaching artists.

Table of Contents


Brad Haseman


Anna-Lena Østern & Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen

Part I

  1. The poiesis and mimesis of learning

  2. Thomas Dahl

  3. Exploring (dis)ability: Towards affirmative spaces in and through arts pedagogy

  4. Liisa Jaakonaho & Kristina Junttila

  5. Revitalizing drama in education through fictionalization- a performative approach

  6. Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen & Ida Krøgholt

  7. Research through the gaze of the dramaturge – Narratives from inside the artist’s studio

  8. Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen & Anna-Lena Østern

    Part II

  9. Artistic exploration of a storyteller’s expressive repertoire in events with toddlers

  10. Ingvild Olsen Olaussen & Lise Hovik

  11. Designing as composing music with iPads - a performative perspective

  12. Bjørn-Terje Bandlien & Staffan Selander

  13. Experimenting with experience Searching for "the middle ground" of artful literature teaching

  14. Anna-Lena Østern & Hannah Kaihovirta

    Part III

  15. Inhabiting practice – Performative approaches to education and research as art

  16. Tormod Wallem Anundsen & Helene Illeris

  17. Performing justice in the Amazon

Dan Baron Cohen

10. Untamed stories told by artfully creative artists in Malawi and Norway

Anna-Lena Østern & Sunniva Skjøstad Hovde


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Anna-Lena Østern is Senior Professor in Arts Education at the Department for Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen is Associate Professor in Drama and Theatre Education at the Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


"This anthology gathers cutting edge researchers and practitioners from different art modalities to explore how and why performative approaches contribute to teaching, learning and research. Through the use of diversified examples, the authors shed light on how artful ways to engage in pedagogy and research can reveal unexpected insights and complex understandings. Furthermore, each chapter provides compelling evidence as to why creative learning and researching matter in today’s society."

Dr. George Belliveau, Professor of Theatre Education, University of British Columbia.

"Centering on the concept and practices of performing approaches, and what they can offer to arts education through artful teaching, learning and research, this book is an original and vibrant collection and an important contribution to the literature. Enthusiastically recommended!"

Liora Bresler, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

"This book has a vitalism that is engaging and provocative, while providing a scholarly reading of arts engagement on an international scale. Thoroughly recommended for those artists, educators and students in how art is changing in the school and wider community."

Chris Naughton, Auckland University of Technology.