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.

chapter |8 pages


ByAnna-Lena Østern, Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen

part I|60 pages

Artful teaching, learning and research

chapter 1|14 pages

The poiesis and mimesis of learning

ByThomas Dahl

chapter 2|13 pages

Exploring (dis)ability

Towards affirmative spaces in and through arts pedagogy
ByLiisa Jaakonaho, Kristina Junttila

chapter 3|18 pages

Revitalizing drama in education through fictionalization

A performative approach
ByKristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Ida Krøgholt

chapter 4|13 pages

Research through the gaze of the dramaturge

Narratives from inside the artists’ studio
ByKristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Anna-Lena Østern

part II|47 pages

Performative inquiry

chapter 5|10 pages

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

ByIngvild Olsen Olaussen, Lise Hovik

chapter 6|15 pages

Designing as composing music with iPads

A performative perspective
ByBjørn-Terje Bandlien, Staffan Selander

chapter 7|20 pages

Experimenting with experience

Searching for ‘the middle ground’ of artful literature teaching
ByAnna-Lena Østern, Hannah Kaihovirta

part III|76 pages

The power of the arts in different cultures

chapter 8|17 pages

Inhabiting practice

Performative approaches to education and research as art
ByTormod Wallem Anundsen, Helene Illeris

chapter 9|32 pages

Performing justice in the Amazon

ByDan Baron Cohen

chapter 10|25 pages

Untamed stories told by artfully creative artists in Malawi and Norway

ByAnna-Lena Østern, Sunniva Skjøstad Hovde

chapter |4 pages

Summary of the performative approaches

ByKristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Anna-Lena Østern