A1 Journal article (refereed)
The Art-Based Methods in Developing Transversal Competence (2019)

Piispanen, M., & Meriläinen, M. (2019). The Art-Based Methods in Developing Transversal Competence. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 12(1), 87-92. https://doi.org/10.26822/iejee.2019155340

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Piispanen, Maarika; Meriläinen, Merja

Journal or series: International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

ISSN: 1307-9298

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 12

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 87-92

Publisher: International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Publication country: Turkey

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26822/iejee.2019155340

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65976


This article describes a project called “The art based methods in developing transversal competence” funded by The Finnish National Board of Education. The article is based on the hermeneutic phenomenological approach in action research. The project developed learning environments as well as project-based learning with emphasis on the art-based methods and transversal competence approach to learning. The aim was to develop unique and communal well-being in learning. The project offered tools to strengthen teachers’ professional skills to use expressive, art-based methods in different curriculum-based projects. The professional in-service training project included five contact days in six weeks divided into three periods. The expressive art work process followed the model of the expressive art work. The whole process followed the hermeneutical circle as well as the phenomenological method: expressions, reflections and sharing linked all together as a part of authentic learning experience in the context of the Finnish National Core Curriculum (2014). One of the main outcomes was that the use of the art-based methods in transversal competence increases ubiquitous well-being among teachers and pupils. Research material is based on
students’ diaries, experiences and anonymous feedback.

Keywords: arts-based methods; project learning; collaborative learning; well-being; curricula; action research

Free keywords: well-being; transversal competence; art-based methods; expressive art working; curriculum

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

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