“Possibilism” and Expectations in Arts Education





Aesthetic communication, possibilism, music education, arts education, quality of life, what is art


There is no way anyone can meet any situation without expectations. In this article expectations are discussed in relation to different arts-educational contexts and perspectives with an aim to discuss how conscious use of expectations can be an asset in arts education, in relating to the arts and in life. Through the use of the term “possibilism” coined by Arns Næss, the article concludes that an important task in arts education is to help students develop a competence in being open for many possible futures: to play with the arts. The theoretical base in the chapter comes from John Dewey, Arne Næss and Deleuze and Guattari, and the article is a part of an ongoing project of developing an educational theory of aesthetic communication.

Author Biography

Ketil, Stockholm Unversity - HSD & University College of Music Education in Stockholm (SMI)

Ketil Thorgersen is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Stockholm University and at University College of Music Education in Stockholm in Sweden. He defended his PhD «Music from the Backyard – Hagström’s Music Education» in 2009 and has since been publishing on music education and technology, philosophical articles about Aesthetic Communication, Curriculum research and lately about extreme Heavy Metal and music education. Ketil Thorgersen is also the editor in chief of the European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education (EJPAE).