Volume 17 Number 34 December 13, 2016

‘Don’t We Have a Storyline?’ Negotiating Devising Strategy in a Nordic-Baltic Teacher Education Programme’s Artistic Production

Torunn Bakken Hauge
Bergen University College, Norway

Anne Synnøve Paulsen
Bergen University College, Norway

Siv Ødemotland
Bergen University College, Norway

Citation: Hauge, T. B., Paulsen, A. S., & Ødemotland, S. (2016). ‘Don’t we have a storyline?’ Negotiating devising strategy in a Nordic-Baltic teacher education programme’s artistic production. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 17(34). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v17n34/.


This article investigates the process of devising strategy in an intercultural Baltic-Nordic setting. Sixty teacher education participants collaborated on an interdisciplinary artistic production based on Norwegian folk beliefs and wights through an intensive, week-long program called Nordplus. Using this as a case study, we explored how the devised approach functioned within the given context and examined the dilemmas and challenges that the teachers faced. We chose a qualitative, ethnographic and descriptive approach, collecting data through observations, questionnaires and interviews. The analysis yielded a variety of insights into the process of devising strategy, specifically within the context of diverse tutorial practices and cultural backgrounds, and the teacher’s role in it.

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