Researchers

Magne Espeland

Professor

Magne Espeland

magne.espeland@hvl.no

Magne I. Espeland is professor in Music and Education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. 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.

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Knut Steinar Engelsen

Professor

Knut Steinar Engelsen

knut.engelsen@hvl.no

Engelsen is a Vice Rector 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. He is, along with…

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Kari Holdhus

Associate 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 concers 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…

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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.Din 2014 with a thesis entitled: The Dramaturgy and Didactics of…

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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 participates…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Charlotte Tvedte

Associate Professor

Merete Økland Sortland

merete.sortland@hvl.no

Merete teaches physics, technology and design at the teacher education and the pre-service teacher education. Her main research interests are related to science in kindergarten, and she has been in charge for two Nordplus-projects related to this field. She participates scientist and project developer in WASO projects with Oded Ben-Horin.

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”.