Drama in Educational and Societal Contexts (DESC)

The research group is an interdisciplinary group within lifelong learning. The main purpose is to promote research and development work with a focus on drama and theatre. Simultaneously, we aim to develop collaboration and research expertise that addresses various target audiences.

The aim is to strengthen the quality of research projects, collaborative projects and artistic development work. The aim will be achieved through critical constructive collaboration and by sharing experiences about research design and research processes.

The research group covers several and different research projects related to drama in both educational and societal contexts, including drama for lifelong learning, applied drama and applied theatre. Several of the group's members participate in local, national and international collaborative projects and development projects.

Research Contexts

  • Kindergartens
  • Primary School​
  • Secondary School​
  • Highschool​
  • Folk high school
  • Cultural School​
  • Vocational education and higher educatiuon
  • Libraries
  • Museums/Art Centres​
  • Theatres​
  • Prisons​
  • Retirement centres​
  • Rehabilitation
  • Other social and cultural facilitators ​

Topics for the research group include:

  • Applied drama and applied theatre in Social-, Public Art-, Community- and Educational Contexts (from early childhood to adult education)
  • Improvisation and participatory theatre
  • Cultural awareness and expression 
  • Creativity and innovation 
  • Critical and design thinking 
  • Communication and collaboration 
  • Intercultural skills, democracy and civic engagement 
  • Inclusive education

Head of research group

bilde av Adam Cziboly

Adam Cziboly

Associate Professor

Deputy leader

bilde av Elin Thoresen

Elin Thoresen

Associate Professor

Research projects

Featured publications

Andy Daly-Smith, Thomas Quarmby, Victoria S.J. Archbold, Nicola Corrigan, Dan Wilson, Geir K. Resaland, John B. Bartholomew, Amika Singh, Hege E. Tjomsland, Lauren B. Sherar, Anna Chalkley, Ash C. Routen, Darren Shickle, Daniel D. Bingham, Sally E. Barber, Esther van Sluijs, Stuart J. Fairclough & Jim McKenna. Using a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2020) 17:13 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-0917-z (level 2 journal) 2020

Daly-Smith A, Quarmby T, Archbold VSJ, Routen AC, Morris JL, Gammon C, Bartholomew JB, Resaland GK, Llewellyn B, Allman R, Dorling H. Implementing physically active learning: future directions for research, policy and practice. Journal of Sport and Health Science. Jan;9(1):41-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2019.05.007. Epub 2019 May 24 (level 1 journal) 2020

Eriksson, Stig A. (2019). «Learning with Brecht. Exploring the ‘Learning to Read and Write’ Scene in The Mother». In Diane Conrad and Monica Prendergast (eds.). Teachers and Teaching on Stage and on Screen. Dramatic Depictions, Fishponds: Intellect Books. https://1drv.ms/b/s!AjebEk9sYsIlhb9T6FZZ5WUmmjascA

Eriksson, Stig A.; Hallås, Bjørg Oddrun; Heide, Eldar; Brathetland, Bente Opheim; Grande, Per Bjørnar og Lyngstad, Mette Bøe (2019). «Teateranmeldelser som tekster i lærerutdanning – med utgangspunkt i Det Norske Teatrets Edda, 2017». Nordic Journal of Art and Research, Årg. 8, Nr. 1 https://doi.org/10.7577/information.v8i1.3341

Eriksson, Stig A. (2019 – rev.). «Drama og fagfornyelsen». I Ressursbank. Drama og teaterpedagogenes nettside: https://dramaogteater.no/ressursbank/

Heggstad, Katrine; Heggstad, Kari Mjaaland; Eriksson, Stig A. (2019). «Visiting Schools for Visiting Theatre. Researching a Drama Workshop and Young People’s Response». In Michael Finneran and Michael Anderson (eds.). Education and Theatres: Beyond the Four Walls. Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland.

Eriksson, Stig A. (2017). “The Violence Workshop.”  NJ – Drama Australia, 41:1, 66-78,DOI: 10.1080/14452294.2017.1329690 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14452294.2017.1329690

Allern, Tor Helge (2017). Theatre and democracy in the Athenian city state Applied Theatre Research 2017 Volum 5 ;(3)s. 153-168

Allern, Tor-Helge (2017). Teater og demokrati i den Atenske bystaten. I Heggstad, K.H., B. Rasmussen, R.G. Gjærum: Drama-teater-demokrati. Antologi 2. I kultur og samfunn. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget (s. 27-46).

Allern, Tor-Helge and Ove Gunnar Drageset (2017). Out of Syria. A process drama in mathematics with change of roles and perspectives. Applied Theatre Journal. Volume 5, Number 2, pp. 113-127(15) 

Allern, Tor-Helge og Ove Gunnar Drageset (2017). Flukten fra Syria. Et prosessdrama i matematikk med rolle- og perspektivbytte. I Sæbø, A.B, T.H. Allern og S. Eriksson. Drama-teater og demokrati. Antologi 1. I barnehage, skole, museum og høyere utdanning. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (s.)

Allern, Tor-Helge (2016). Fakta, fiksjon og læring - Levende rollespill (LAIV) i historieundervisning. Norsk pedagogisk tidsskrift. Volum 100. No 1. (s. 15-25).

Allern, Tor-Helge (2015). Dramaturgi i undervisning og læring. I Kjelen, H. Det utvidete læringsrommet. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (s. 31-58).

Allern, Tor-Helge og Einar Niemi (2015). Nord-Norge og 1814 – med eller utenfor? Stamsund: Orkana Akademisk

Cziboly, Ádám & Bethlenfalvy, Ádám (2013): Színházi nevelési programok kézikönyve (Handbook of educational theatre programmes). L’Harmattan, Budapest, 437 pages <link> 






External Members

Kvinneleg lærar sittande ved pult med to elevar.

This research group is part of the research program Practice, Professionalism and Policy in Educational Research (PUF)