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The clown wheel on the move: ways of learning with the clown as a tool
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences. (VKG)
2012 (English)In: 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association: Abstract book, 2012, w116- p.Conference paper (Other academic)
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Through a content analysis of texts about clown that I carried out in my thesis ”Carnival in classroom, knowledge on wheels”(2011) a set of five characteristics for the clown stepped forward and was pictured as spokes in a clown wheel. The characteristics, that is the meaning making functions, that were found were the entertainer, the transgressor, the questioner, the go between and the ensurer. In the thesis the functions, were used as tools for analyzing the clown work. The clown work was carried out by the pupils. In the thesis I found that the clown work enabled learning, regarding exploration of identity and elaboration of existential questions regarding life, loneliness, religion and death. The aim of the study is to further develop methods for using the clown wheel and its potential for learning within the teacher’s education.My theoretical and methodological phramework is hermeneutic phenomenology. The dialogical meeting according to Buber and Bachtin is an important concept in my study. Narratives will be used both as method and as reporting the result.The expected conclusions is to develop methods of using the clown art for finding ones personal story or stories by playing it, telling it, writing and/or acting it. That isto find ways of telling a story that creates hope, meaning and motivation in schoolwork and thus connect to the students’development into professional but also on a personnel level. It is also part of developing a tool to improve a friendly atmosphere inthe classroom buy focusing the ”I -Though”meeting that occurs. This piece of art based research relates to Nordic educational research among students in drama/theater but will in addition benefit pupils in ordinary school setting in struggling with everyday life. The paper will be attached to the network Art, Culture and Education.

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2012. w116- p.
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Didactics Arts
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-18617DiVA: diva2:773603
40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, 8-10 March 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2016-01-22Bibliographically approved

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