1st Edition

Performative Approaches in Arts Education Artful Teaching, Learning and Research

Edited By Anna-Lena Østern, Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen Copyright 2019
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.