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 Music Teacher Education for the Future (FUTURED) project finally launched for – the future – a project receiving excellent marks from the Norwegian Research Council.
FUTURED is developed as a FINNUT project, led by professor Catharina Christophersen (Ph.D.), who is also the principal investigator of the research project. 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.
- Meet the researchers: Ailbhe KennyDr Ailbhe Kenny is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland, where she … Read more
- Meet the researchers: Eyolf Thovsen NysætherHow did you get involved in the FUTURED project?I was encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. research fellowship by FUTURED`s … Read more
- Meet the researchers: Bendik FredriksenBendik Fredriksen is Associate Professor in music at Oslo Metropolitan University, where he teaches music in generalist teacher education. His … Read more
- Debate on Future Arts Education CompetenciesMonday August 15., FUTURED’s researcher Kari Holdhus participated in a panel at Norway’s Number One discussion forum, Arendalsuka (The Arendal … Read more
- DYNAMUS seminar at Hurdalssjøen 13-14 June 202213-14 June 2022 researchers from FUTURED were invited to a seminar arranged by the DYNAMUS project gathering several ongoing music … Read more
- Silje Meling Bjørnevoll’s midway evaluation8 June 2022 the midway evaluation of Silje Meling Bjørnevoll’s Ph.D. project was arranged by the doctoral program Studies of … Read more
- Meeting with advisory board and guest researchers in May 202211-13 May the FUTURED arranged a seminar in Bergen with advisory board and guest researchers to discuss findings from the … Read more
- FUTURED-contribution on the NNRME Conference 2022Catharina Christophersen and Silje Valde Onsrud from the FUTURED project contributed to a research symposium at the Nordic Network for … Read more
- Working seminar on Thorbjørnrud 16-17 March 2022Despite well-functioning digital meetings in the research project, there is a need for physical meetings from time to time. In … Read more
- FUTURED represented at NERA 2021The FUTURED project were represented at the NERA conference in Odense, Denmark 3.-5. November 2021 by Tine Grieg Viig and … Read more