Transmitting cultural heritage
This master´s project at the IAA´s Department of Arts Education focuses on the importance of communicating the cultural heritage of the narrative form and how using folkloric tales for teaching purposes can open diverse possibilities for teaching methods and solutions with a creative educational approach.
Students are encouraged to apply the methods of research, analysis and creativity to their studies. The concept of creativity is discussed as well as the importance of students connecting with the value and meaning of thier subject matter in order to allow creativity to become a decisive factor in their education.
Theme-based and place-based education are examples of creativity in education, seeking inspiration in the local community. Educators and caregivers aim at building cultural bridges between generations, as in the case of local culture, both in terms of the natural and human environments.
Folkloric tales have always contained a message for their audience and have been, and still are, a powerful tool for child-rearing. When storytellers tell stories in front of an audience it may cause their listeners to feel that they are participating in the experience. Several artists, both international and local, have used folk talkes and legends as a source for their artistic practice and in this project I introduce some of them.
I have created a website called the Storytelling Network, where the storyteller Ása Ketilsdóttir tells folktales.
The website also contains art education projects that relate to these tales, including learning objectives, assessment criteria and suggestions for implementation. This project bases its theoretical approach on the work of scholars such as John Dewey, Elliot Eisner, and Ken Robinson, but it also references the national curriculum, both at primary and secondary levels in addition to other scholars.
It is important to note, however, that it was the storyteller Ása Ketilsdóttir, her stories and their power that inspired this project.
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Advisors: Ásthildur B. Jónsdóttir og Ellen Gunnarsdóttir