The Artistic Value of Mantle of the Expert: Dorothy Heathcote's dramatic-inquiry approach to teaching and learning

a Belgian Research Project

  • Bob Selderslaghs Royal Conservatoire, AP University College Antwerp
Keywords: Artistic Value of Mantle, Dorothy Heathcote’s dramatic-inquiry, teaching and learning


This article gives an insight on the first results of a Belgian Research Project where Bob Selderslaghs examines the artistic value of the Mantle of the Expert approach in a Flemish primary school. He focuses on artistic roles that students can adopt while studying the curriculum.


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How to Cite
Selderslaghs, B. (2018). The Artistic Value of Mantle of the Expert: Dorothy Heathcote’s dramatic-inquiry approach to teaching and learning: a Belgian Research Project. IJRDO - Journal of Educational Research (ISSN: 2456-2947), 3(1), 16-23. Retrieved from