Didactics and Aesthetic Learning in Christianity, Religion, Worldviews and Ethics

The Didactics and Aesthetic Learning in Religious Education research group is open to researchers who work with didactic and other academic topics in connection with the teaching of Christianity, Religion, Worldviews and Ethics (KRLE) in teacher education and in schools.

In the coming years, the research group will focus on the R&D project Vekselvirkning. This project facilitates in-depth learning in KRLE.
The development work is linked to the integrated master’s degree in KRLE in primary and lower secondary school teacher education at NLA University College, and is a collaboration between the KRLE and drama units. It was introduced in all KRLE teaching in spring 2020, with KRLE2 as a pilot project. Using aesthetic forms of learning, silence and digital resources, teachers and students alternate between different learning and assessment methods.
The group wants to research the reciprocal interaction between these components and how personality-based adapted learning can engender different input and output in relation to learning activities. Sensory didactic design is used as a framework in the project (Østern and Strømme, 2014).

Thematic focus areas:

  • Aesthetic/sensory working methods in schools (with an emphasis on visual art, drama and film) 
  • Silence in schools 
  • Excursions and virtual reality excursions in KRLE


The research group consists of members from the KRLE and drama units in Oslo and Bergen, as well as the Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Studies at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Ståle Johannes Kristiansen (head of research group), Professor
Inge Andersland, Associate Professor
Mona Helen Farstad, Associate Professor
Sæbjørg Hageberg Kjeka, Assistant Professor
Bjørghild Kjelsvik, Associate Professor
Wenche Langeland, Assistant Professor
Kim Larsen, Associate Professor
Ruth Mjanger, Assistant Professor
Ane Malene Sæverot, Associate Professor
Ingrid Trætteberg, Assistant Professor
Dag Øivind Østereng, Assistant Professor
Rune Øystese, Assistant Professor

Published works

During autumn 2020/spring 2021, the research group has been working on an anthology on sensory-aesthetic learning, which is due to be published in 2021.


Head of the research group: Ståle Johannes Kristiansen
Head of the Vekselvirkning research project: Ruth Hol Mjanger 
Vice Rector for Research and Development: Torgeir Landro