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Arts-based research in education and culture

The course is an introduction to a qualitative methodology where a researcher’s competences, senses and embodied ways of knowing are welcome in the research process. The researcher is seen as the most important resource/tool in research with other people, as for example with school pupils in educational settings or in other social and cultural contexts.

The term “arts” in this context does not mean that the methodology is reserved for artists, but that it is inspired by artistic approach where attention to wide range of qualities is guiding every research process. One of the similarities between a creative process and a research process regards a researcher’s perception and her/his ongoing awareness of the emerging challenges and choices. The quality of arts-based research depends on researcher’s abilities to notice the most important issues, to take appropriate choices of action and to pose the most significant questions. The course aims to introduce arts-based methodology, present the most important challenges of using it in today’s international contexts, and give the course participants the most important “tools” needed in order to apply arts-based inquiry in their phd- and other projects. Such tools are for example: awareness of own subjectivities, ethical responsibilities, attention to nuanced qualities in human interactions, related methods and approaches, relevant forms of research dissemination.       

The course addresses candidates (phd-students and lecturers in university college- and university sector) who are interested in qualitative research targeting educational and cultural phenomena. The course gives 5 ECTS. The HSN-s course “Arts-based research in education and culture” is relevant both for participants who are not familiar with arts-based methodology, and for those who had earlier taken similar courses, for instance the course “Arts-Based Research – Processes and Methodologies” carried out at Stavanger University, October 2016. The two courses do not overlap, but together give 10 ECTS (5 + 5).


The course lasts for five days in week 14 in spring 2017: from Monday 3rd of April 12.00, to Friday 7th of April 15.00. Besides lectures, given by internationally prominent researchers, the course will include diverse activities that welcome participants’ engagements in observations, presentations and practical work related to their ongoing projects. The course-language is English, which will allow participants to practice their English skills and prepare for dealing with international audience.      


Associated Professor Biljana C. Fredriksen, HSN (responsible for the course)

Professor Marte Gulliksen, HSN (responsible for the course)

Associated Professor Fatima Cruz, University of Valladolid, Spain

Associated Professor Torill Vist, Stavanger University

Professor Liora Bresler, University of IIllinois, USA

Professor II Helene Illeris, Agder University

Associated Professor Lise Hovik, DMMH

Associated Professor Kimber Andrews, University of Cincinnati, USA 

Contact person: Associate Biljana Culibrk Fredriksen

Course starts 3. April 12.00

Room D3-41

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