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Liora Bresler

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Professor Emerita, Curriculum & Instruction

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Liora Bresler


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).

Key Professional Appointments

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

Awards, Honors, Associations

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

Research & Service

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 ( pp. 164). Malmo Academy of Music: Sweden, Sweden.

Sefton-Greene, J., Thomson, P., Jones, K., & Bresler, L. (2011). International Handbook of Creative Learning London: Routeledge.

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 ( pp. 225-237). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bresler, L. (2007). International handbook of research in arts education Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

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 ( pp. 274-282). Vienna: Universal Edition.

Bresler, L. (2004). Dancing the curriculum: Exploring the body and movement in elementary schools. Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning ( pp. 127-151). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

Bresler, L. (2004). Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

Bresler, L. (2004). Prelude. Knowing bodies, moving minds: Towards embodied teaching and learning ( pp. 7-11). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

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 ( 2nd ed pp. 1006-1083). New York: Macmillan.

Bresler, L., & Ardichivilli, A. (2002). Research in international education: Experience, theory and practice New York: Peter Lang.

Bresler, L., & Thompson, C. (2002). The arts in children's lives: Context, culture, and curriculum Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.

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.


“Research in arts education: Tales from the field: A talk presented to faculty and doctoral students at the Bergen University College (2012).: Bergen, Norway.

Establishing the right distance: Working within qualitative research methodology (2012).: London, England.

Connection and distance in narrative inquiry (2012).: Helsinki, Finland.

Inquiry in Action: Paradigms, Methodologies, and Perspectives in Art Education Research (2012).: New York, NY.

What is Research Good For? (2012).: New York, NY.

“Lessons from the arts." (2011).: Helsinki, Finland.

Interdisciplinarity in K-12 schools and in higher education (2011).: Helsinki, Finland.

Lessons from the arts (2011).: Helsinki, Finland.

Qualitative research methodology: Foundations, methods, and directions (2011). University of Klaipeda: Lithuania.

Qualitative research: Lessons from music (2011). University of Klaipeda: Lithuania.

Creativities: Transcending boundaries in higher music education (2011). University of Cambridge: UK.

Description and interpretation: From art to qualitative research (2011).: Norway.

Arts-Based Research Methodologies (2011).: Norway.

Educational values in music youth performances through classroom teachers' perspectives (2011).: Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lessons from art: What education can learn (2011).: Larvic, Norway.

Research in education (2011).: Oslo, Norway.

The arts and research: A personal journey (2011). Lund University: Malmo, Sweden.

Artistry of scholarship (2011).: New Orleans, LA.


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