Pernilla Ahlstrand
Pernilla Ahlstrand, Senior Lecturer
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SEK 4.2 million for research project on school subjects dance and theater


Pernilla Ahlstrand and Ninnie Andersson, both senior lecturers at the Academy of Music and Drama, have received a grant on SEK 4.2 million from the Swedish Institute for Educational Research for their project "On BOUNCE! Practical Feedback - Study of Theatre, Teaching and Dance Situations." A total of SEK 51 million will be distributed to 13 projects for practice-related school research.

"The purpose of the project is to develop know-how about knowledge that is expressed in physical, performative embodiment and to develop methods on a scientific basis that can strengthen teaching practice in the school subjects dance and theater," says Pernilla Ahlstrand.

The project will expose aspects of knowledge that are are discussed in feedback situations in teaching and to implement learning situations that develop teaching practice on a scientific basis. The study will be done in cooperation with theatre teachers at Schillerska Gymnasium in Gothenburg and dance teachers at Fryshuset Gymnasium in Stockholm.

What does the support from the Swedish Institute for Educational Research mean for your project?

"It means that dance and theater as school subjects get the attention they deserve. The project can strengthen subject specific didactics and is a contribution to teaching development research. The project also provides an opportunity to continue to develop a method that was created in connection with my dissertation project. I call the method action(re)call which is used to study feedback situations in direct relation to teaching practice. Teachers and / or students are involved in the investigation of what is called didactic interventions in the project."

More information about the Swedish Institute for Educational Research's grants (in Swedish)