Bresler’s interdisciplinary work focuses on the arts and qualitative research methodology. In her various editorship roles in books and special issues of academic journals, she has sought to bring together intellectual communities across arts disciplines and cultures to address key areas, for example, early childhood, curriculum and cultural context in her co-edited book, The Arts in Children’s Lives (Bresler & Thompson, 2002; Kluwer); and embodiment in education in her book Knowing Bodies, Moving Mind, (Bresler, 2004, Kluwer).
Establishing new venues for interaction across disciplinary borders, Bresler founded, with Tom Barone and Gene Glass, the International Journal of Education and the Arts (2000-), and has established a book series for Springer that encompasses the various arts education domains (2002-present). Her International Handbook of Research in Arts education (Bresler, Springer, 2007), a project with 100+ contributors from 40+ countries, has identified 13 major areas (e.g., Curriculum; Evaluation; Creativity; Child Culture; Informal Learning; Social Issues; Technology; Spirituality) where each section features scholars from the respective fields of arts education to address disciplinary perspectives on this area.
Beyond her writing, teaching and service at the university of Illinois, her positions of visiting professorship in various countries have facilitated closer research interactions with faculty and doctoral students internationally. Visiting professorships include the Hedda Anderson Professorship at Lund University (2011-2015); Stockholm University (2008-2010); Professor II at Stord/Haugesund University College in Norway (2007-present); and Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2009-present).
Honorary Professor Cultural studies and the Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2008 - present
Professor (zero time) School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, 2007 - present
Professor II (visiting position) Education, Stord/Haugesund University, Norway, 2007 - present
Professor Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2001 - present
Affiliate Professor School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995 - present
Visiting Professor Curriculum, Stockholm University, 2008 - 2009
Associate Professor Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994 - 2001
Assistant Professor Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989 - 1994
Visiting Assistant Professor Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987 - 1990
Visiting Assistant Professor Computer Based Education Research Laboratory (CERL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987 - 1989
Ph.D., Education, Stanford University, 1987
M.A., Education, Stanford University, 1985
M.A., Musicology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1983
B.A., Music (Performance and Pedagogy), Rubin Academy of Music, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1975
B.A., Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1975
Distinguished Fellow- National Art Education Association National Art Education Association, 2010 - present
NAEA Distinguished Fellow National Art Education Association, 2010 - 2010
The Lin wright Special Recognition Award by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education. AATE, Unknown, 2007 - 2007
Ziegfeld award, the international United States Society for Education in the Arts (2006-2007). Award in the National Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, 2007 - 2007
Graduate teaching Award (for the campus of U of I). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 2005
Trained as a pianist and a musicologist, with a doctorate in Education from Stanford, Bresler has focused inter-disciplinary work on visual arts, music, dance and drama curricula in K-12 schools, studying both “ordinary” (e.g., NEA study, 1987-1990), and exemplary (e.g., Getty/College Board, 1996/7) schools, as well as cultural centers as spaces for experiential learning. A related area of scholarship is qualitative research methodology and what the arts can teach researchers in terms of engagement, perception, conceptualization, and communication. A recent interest centers on faculty’s work and lived experience in higher education, including educational, academic entrepreneurship in diverse disciplines, and visions and missions of professors as those interact with the structure and ethos of academia.
Based on these studies, Bresler has published 120+ papers and chapters in leading journals, books and handbooks. The impact of her work has resulted in a number of honors including a National Art Education Association Distinguished Fellow (2010), Outstanding Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2007), and the Ziegfeld Award for distinguished international leadership in art education by USSEA (2007). Her work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean, and she has given 40+ keynotes and 100+ invited talks in 30+ countries in the North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Bresler, L. (2015) Beyond Methods: Lessons from the Arts to Qualitative Research...: Malmo Academy of Music: Sweden, Sweden
Sefton-Greene, J., Thomson, P., Jones, K., & Bresler, L. (2011) International Handbook of Creative Learning.. Routeledge: London
Bresler, L. (2009) Research education shaped by musical sensibilities British Journal of Music Education 26 (1), 7-25
Bresler, L. (2009) The academic faculty as an entrepreneur: Artistry, craftsmanship and animation Visual Art Research 35 (1), 12-24
Bresler, L. (2008) The music lesson. Handbook of the arts in qualitative inquiry: Perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA
Bresler, L. (2007) International handbook of research in arts education.. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Bresler, L. (2006) Toward Connectedness: Aesthetically Based Research and its Ethical Implications. Submitted to Studies in Art Education 48 (1), 52-69
Bresler, L. (2005) Music and the intellect: Perspectives, interpretations, and implications for education Phi Delta Kappan 87 (1), 24-31
Bresler, L. (2005) What musicianship can teach educational research Music Education Research 7 (2), 169-183
Bresler, L. (2004) La construction d'un nouveau domain d'expertise pour les enseignants: la transdisciplinarite. [Building a new area of expertise for teachers: Crossing disciplinary borders] Recherche et Formation 47
Bresler, L. (2004) Crossing the borders of music and arts education: The challenge, the danger, and the opportunities. Lifelong development Universal Edition: Vienna
Bresler, L. (2004) Dancing the curriculum: Exploring the body and movement in elementary schools. Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning Kluwer: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Bresler, L. (2004) Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning.. Kluwer: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Bresler, L. (2004) Prelude. Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning Kluwer: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Bresler, L. (2003) Out of the trenches: The joys (and risks) of cross-disciplinary collaborations The Bulletin of the Counsel of Research in Music Education 152, 17-39
Bresler, L. (2002) Research on advocacy outcomes. The handbook on music teaching and learning Macmillan: New York
Bresler, L., & Ardichivilli, A. (2002) Research in international education: Experience, theory and practice.. Peter Lang: New York
Bresler, L., & Thompson, C. (2002) The arts in children's lives: Context, culture, and curriculum.. Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Bresler, L. (1998) "Child art," "fine art," and "art for children": The shaping of school practice and implications for change Arts Education Policy Review 100 (1), 3-10
Bresler, L. (1998) The genre of school music and its shaping by meso, micro and macro contexts Research Studies in Music Education 11, 2-18
Fellow Faculty Fellows Program, Bureau of Educational Research, 1992 - 1995
Editor of the book series "Landscapes: Aesthetics, the arts, and education", Springer. Springer, Springer publisher, 2002 - 2016
Co-Editor (from 2011- executive editor) International Journal of Education and the Arts, 2000 - 2014
Member member, Internationalization Committee, 2005 - 2006
Editor for the book series Landscapes: Aesthetics, Arts, and Education Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002 - 2005
Exploring Educational Terrain Intensive examination of problems and trends in the subject fields. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.
Curriculum Research Reviews the principal methodologies used in research on curriculum problems; emphasizes subject-analytical, large-scale survey, experimental, case methods, and clinical studies; emphasizes the conceptual and practical problems in such research.
Arts in EC: Curr in Context Role of dance, drama, music, literature, and the visual arts in early childhood and elementary education, focusing on production/performance, appreciation, history, and aesthetics. Interrelationships among curriculum, notions of child development, cultural contexts, and unique traditions of different arts disciplines. Current art education practices in the United States and other countries. Requires attendance at performances and visits to an art museum. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: Graduate status.
Aesthetics and Curriculum Provides a synthesis of theoretical and autobiographical perspectives on aesthetic issues and their ramifications for the development and the critique of arts curricula. Drawing on art as an important source of knowledge and communication, the course reviews ideas from aesthetics and arts education (e.g., music, poetry, literature, visual arts, theater and dance education). Identifies principles common to all art forms but manifested differently in each of them to develop tools and skills for the design of, evaluation of, and research on arts curricula. Course Information: Same as DANC 581. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and background with one of the arts, or consent of instructor.
Research in Progress Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral study.