Researchers

Magne Espeland

Professor

Magne Espeland

magne.espeland@hvl.no

Magne I. Espeland is professor in Music and Education at West Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)-Campus Stord in Norway. Specialities are curriculum development and innovation in music and arts education, educational design studies, research methodologies for education, master and Ph.D. – supervision, and project leadership.

Current administrative duties include chairing the Research Program for Culture – and Creativity Pedagogies (CCP) at HVL and MusicNet West, a network of higher music education in Western Norway. He was one of the founders of Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (GRS). Nationally he has chaired and served on a number of Ministerial Committees from 1994 onwards, e.g. on new national curricula in music (1997) and music teacher education (2010) and the Ministerial expert committee on art and culture in education, ”Det muliges kunst”, 2014.

His current research activities include leading the research activities of “Improvisation in Teacher Education”, and the DiSco project, innovation of school concerts- both year research projects funded by The Research Council of Norway.He also conducts advisory services for the Swedish Research Council and evaluation studies of Ph.D study programmes for the Swedish UKEÅ, the national body for evaluation of higher education in Sweden.

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Knut Steinar Engelsen

Professor

Knut Steinar Engelsen

knut.engelsen@hvl.no

Engelsen is a Senior Adviser for R&D and Professor in pedagogy and ICT in learning at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Engelsen worked as school teacher for several years before he entered teacher education in 1986.  Since then he has been teacher, head of the department and researcher within teacher education where he has lead several national and international R&D project in cooperation with schools and kindergartens.  Engelsen’s main research interest are ICT in learning, assessment and teacher education research.  Engelsen has also been author and co-author of several books and scientific articles and book-chapters within these fields.

Oded Ben-Horin

Associate Professor

Oded Ben-Horin

oded.ben@hvl.no

Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin is the coordinator of the Global Science Opera initiative, and a co-developer of that concept. He was Project Coordinator of the EU Comenius Multilateral project “Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching” (CREAT-IT), 2013-15.

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Kari Holdhus

Professor

Kari Holdhus

kari.holdhus@hvl.no

Kari holds a Ph.D. in music education from 2014, with the monograph ”Star Experiences or Gymhall Aesthetics?
 – A study of visiting concerts in schools”.

She is currently project-leader of an innovation project on Norwegian professional visiting concerts, “School and concert – from transmission to dialogue”(DiSco), which is founded by the Norwegian Research Council. This project will run for four years from 2017.

Kari’s research interests are centered around communication processes between musicians and teachers in visiting music practices and musical partnerships, and she also researches the connections between quality conceptions and relativism in music education, especially addressing higher music education and community music education.

She was also a contributor to the IMTE – project (improvisation in teacher education) in writings and research activities.

She is an active participant within the international research group Culture, Criticism and Community, based at Western Norway University of Applied Science, however comprising several international members. This is an interdisciplinary research group of researchers from diverse practical and aesthetic subjects, and the aim of the group is to scrutinize art-didactic and aesthetic practices with a critical and culture-sensitive gaze.

Kari was the leader of an MA in creative learning processes from 2013-2016, and she currently teaches within the programme’s music profile as well as supervising master students.

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Vigidis Vangsnes

Associate Professor

Vigdis Vangsnes

vigdis.vangsnes@hvl.no

Vigdis teaches drama and dramaturgy in several pre-service teacher programmes and in the master programme of “Creative Subjects and Learning Processes”. She finished her Ph.D. in 2014 with a thesis entitled: The Dramaturgy and Didactics of Computer Gaming – A Study of a Medium in the Educational Context of Kindergartens. She participated in the IMTE project with a study called: “Staging education- the improvisatory dramaturgy of education”.

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Kirsti Aksnes

Assistant Professor

Kirsti Aksnes

kirsti.aksnes@hvl.no

Kirsti teaches drama in a number of pre-service teacher education programmes and is active in different theatre groups and as a music festival organiser. She also has a special interest in special education. She participated as a clinician and project developer in the WASO-project with Oded Ben-Horin.

Kirsti Aksnes

Assistant Professor

Ingrid Grønsdal

ingrid.gronsdal@hvl.no

Ingrid is mainly involved with the pre-service kindergarten teacher programme and in the 3-year programme for music teachers. She is also the Assistant Project Coordinator of the newly funded project “Building Sustainable Digital Practices in Kindergarten Literacy and Arts Programmes” (DigiSus). Her speciality is the use of technology in music and in aesthetic experience rooms in early childhood education.

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Frode Hammersland

Assistant Professor

Frode Hammersland

frode.hammersland@hvl.no

Frode works mainly with composition, music theory and performance. He is also a bass-teacher. He holds a master in music performance from Agder University and is an active musician. He took part in both the WASO project and IMTE project. His study on improvisation focuses on how improvisation can be used as a mediating tool for the integration of performance and music theory.

Synnøve Kvile

Assistant Professor

Synnøve Kvile

synnøve.kvile@hvl.no

Synnøve has experience from art-partnership research and co-chairs the Co-Dime project. She teaches in the bachelor programme for music teachers, piano, science theory and educational theory. In the IMTE project she conducts a study on the use of improvisation in her own teaching.

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Gunhild Rolfsnes

Assistant Professor

Gunhild Rolfsnes

gunhild.rolfsnes@hvl.no

Gunhild is a vocal teacher and works with choirs, ear training, didactology in several pre-service programmes, but with a speciality in pre-service for primary and secondary schools. Gunhild has been involved in the projects CREAT-IT and WASO where she worked with Oded Ben-Horin. Her special focus is composing with children.

Charlotte Tvedte

Assistant Professor

Charlotte Tvedte

charlotte.tvedte@hvl.no

Charlotte teaches in several pre-service teacher programmes. Together with her colleague Torunn Hetland she has designed and tried out an interdisciplinary approach to writing, children’s literature and art and craft, ARTig. Her study is a part of the IMTE project where they study educational writing and educational processes concerned with facts and fiction. The Science Book for children is their educational point of departure and during the project pupils read, write, draw and create their own multimodal expressions.

Janne Robberstad

Janne Robberstad

Assistant professor of arts education at HVL

Janne Robberstad

janne.iren.robberstad@hvl.no

Janne is an assistant professor of arts education at HVL. Her PhD-research focuses on creativity and eco-design in STEAM-education. Janne is the coordinator of two EU Erasmus+ projects “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)” and GSO4SCHOOL. She is the production manager of Global Science Opera (GSO), and is especially engaged in promoting sustainable approaches to quality design in the GSO. She has taught workshops in Japan, Norway, USA, Brazil, Chile, Portugal and Sao Tome & Principe piloting eco-scenography into the GSO initiative . She is also a team-member creating the pilot-project Global Hands On Oceans within the Norwegian Research Council project iSCOPE.

She has a masters degree in Creative Disciplines and Learning Processes and a Bachelor in Design, Arts and Crafts in Education, with an additional course in Textile Culture. Janne has a fifteen-year teaching experience in the Norwegian Folk High School-system, mainly within theatre, costume- and fashion-design and creativity-based projects. Her artistic career spans over two decades and includes both visual arts and theatrical design. As a member of the Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK), she has held several solo-exhibitions and has delivered a sizable amount of art commissioned by larger private companies. She is also a member of Association of Norwegian Scenographers (NSC), and has a long list of productions she´s designed and produced costumes and sets for, including the Norwegian premiere of ”Chess” and ”Miss Saigon”.

Oddgeir Randa Heggland

Oddgeir R Heggland

Assistant professor

Oddgeir Randa Heggland

oddgeir.heggland@hvl.no

Oddgeir is an assistant professor in physics and chemistry, working mainly in pre-service kindergarten, primary and secondary teacher education. He is interested in STEAM education and the transdisciplinary research field between science and art, where he participates in the Global Science Opera (GSO) and the EU Erasmus+ project GSO4SCHOOL.
He has a master’s degree in nanotechnology from the University of Bergen, where he was working with fuel cells.