Modern societies are changing, and issues such as globalization, climate change, migration, technological innovation etc. call for educational changes. In response to such challenges, recent policy documents signal new directions for Norwegian schools and curricula. At heart of the announced changes lie concepts like 21st century skills, citizenship, critical thinking and innovation.
A pertinent question for educational institutions, including the new five-year teacher education in Norway, then, is how to educate under such conditions. We suggest that the music programs of the current Norwegian general teacher education (GTE) could be better equipped with regard to facilitating musical and educational learning from a contemporary as well as from a future perspective. In 2019, the FUTURED project finally launched for – the future – a project receiving excellent marks from the Norwegian Research Council.
Researchers from two of the largest general teacher education (GTE) institutions in Norway (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Oslo Metropolitan University) are critically exploring Norwegian music teacher education. The project draws on theoretical insights from critical (music)pedagogy, educational philosophy, cultural studies and public pedagogy. The research design will mainly be educational action research, starting with a review and critical mapping of existing practices, and then initiating action research cycles of identifying issues, planning action, taking action, and evaluating action.
The FUTURED project aims to discuss the current educational situation in GTE music programs, develop new teaching approaches and propose new directions for music teaching and music teacher education.
The project starts from the following claims: a) Music teacher education needs to relate to societal needs and challenges, and b) Music teacher education needs approaches that can cater for versatile musicianship and learning styles, as well as critical reflection.
- Successful webinar in MayFor two days in May 2020, the entire team of researchers, guest researchers, scientific advisory board members and steering group … Read more
- News from WP3: Developing collaborative, innovative and interactive music education practicesThe researchers in work package 3 are currently busy with data generation and analysis. Work package 3 aims at developing … Read more
- News from WP2: Pre-service teachers’ critical reflexivity and agency for future music practice in schoolsThe aim is to develop spaces for critical reflexivity and agency for future music teaching practices in schools. This study … Read more
- News from WP1: Mapping student’s backgrounds, attitudes, aspirations and valuesIn Work package 1, Study 1, researcher Eyolf Nysæther has conducted a questionnaire survey distributed to all students in Norway … Read more
- News from WP1: Looking for values in curriculum plansResearchers in Work package 1, Study 2, are looking at how current values and ideologies are embedded in guiding documents. … Read more
- Diving into public pedagogy – theories for the real utopias of music education?The FUTURED #TextImmersion-group, consisting of researchers from HVL and OsloMet, had its first meeting recently. We began with an article … Read more
- FUTURED researchers to NNMPF25th conference of Nordic Network for Research in Music Education FUTURED researchers were traveling to Copenhagen for the Nordic Network … Read more
- FUTURED kick-off seminarThe FUTURED kick-off seminar took place in Bergen September 9-10 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Excellently led by … Read more