Play, Games and Participatory Learning

The main purpose for the research group is to develop research cooperation and research competence aimed at the practice field and teacher training with a view to develop more diverse and activating ways of learning for students.

bilde av Tor-Helge Allern

Tor-Helge Allern

Head of research group

bilde av Adam Cziboly

Adam Cziboly

Deputy head

The research group is an interdisciplinary composed group within pre-school teacher and teacher training. The main purpose for the research group is to develop research cooperation and research competence aimed at the practice field and teacher training with a view to develop more diverse and activating ways of learning for students.

The research group covers several and different research projects, and many of the members of this group also participate in project including researchers outside the university and in international projects.

Some of the topics for the research group:

  • Improving teaching and learning of mathematics by developing and using a new methodology; Theatre in mathematics
  • Change of communication patterns in the teaching of mathematics through applied drama
  • Play, dialogue and change of dialect
  • Development of acting competence among children and young people
  • Participatory theatre
  • Creativity, teaching and learning
  • Physical activity in teaching and learning
  • Migration and Theatre

The research group works on many levels. The basis for the cooperation is to strengthen the quality within research through sharing of experiences, research-design, and critical, constructive cooperation in different phases og research projects art artistic research.



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 (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.!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

Eriksson, Stig A. (2019 – rev.). «Drama og fagfornyelsen». I Ressursbank. Drama og teaterpedagogenes nettside:

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:

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

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