Monitoring & Comparative Research
Comparative research on arts education across countries is hard to find, especially when it comes to rigorous analysis that goes beyond descriptiveness. In order to provide a sustainable foundation for the further development of arts and cultural education, reliable knowledge and thorough analysis are needed. ENO wants to stimulate continuity in comparative and monitoring research that helps to understand similarities, differences and changes in national and transnational arts education. Building on previous attempts, ENO has developed a thematic survey that collects cross-national information and experts’ assessments on key issues. Taking this approach further, ENO aims to regularly collect and analyse empirical data and to expand its newly established European arts education expert panel. In this manner, we hope to generate findings that are beneficial for professionals at the regional and transnational level, to offer a critical point of reference, and to raise public awareness of arts education issues in national, global and regional discourse.
The members of ENO strive to build innovative, strategic and permanent partnerships with other networks and institutions from practice, policy and academia. Our aim is to identify and explore topics that are crucial for the future development of the field of arts and culture education such as cultural diversity, sustainable development and social cohesion. ENO hereby strives to find common ground with respect to the issues and priorities set in the Seoul Agenda Goals for the Development of Arts Education and the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. By reaching out to practitioners, researchers and policy makers involved in arts and cultural education, we want to create and share expertise which is viable for arts and culture education practice beyond national borders.
Terms & Concepts
Working on the future development of arts and cultural education with researchers and experts from several European countries needs common ground: Researching the field across countries addresses a great diversity of contemporary and historical contexts, political frameworks and the manifold dimensions of artistic and cultural education at national and European levels. ENO thus faces the challenge of identifying and discussing terms that shape national programmes and policies and illustrate local concepts and conditions reflected in arts and cultural education practices. By developing an operational set of keywords and theoretical concepts, ENO aims to support the implementation of joint, trans-national research projects, advocacy activities and, last but not least, a shared understanding for arts and cultural education that still leaves space for local particularities.
With an annual publication compiling the most interesting and relevant research of arts and cultural education produced in Europe, ENO aims to contribute towards international and transdisciplinary exchange in the field. Its first volume “Crossing Borders: Arts and Cultural Education in a World of Diversity” brings together analysis and reflections from the European countries represented in the network. It strives to raise awareness of diversity in and through arts and cultural education among stakeholders, policy makers and fellow researchers, to showcase good practices in the research and practical fields of arts education, to provide a first approach in gaining an overview of related discourses and practices in Europe, and to contribute towards academic and non-academic reflection and debate. The first ENO yearbook is expected to be published by the end of 2018 by Springer.