About the project
- Project period is October 2018 – April 2021
- It is an Eramsus+ KA201 project, code 2018-1-EE01-KA201-047085
- LEAD - Learning and digitalisation in home economics education. See the project at Estonian Research Information System - ETIS.
- Coordinator - Jaana Taar, Lecturer of Home Economics. Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Health
- The outcome of the project: completed materials in 5 languages (EST, ENG, FIN, SWE, NOR)
The LEAD-project (Learning and digitalisation in home economics education) sets home economics education in contemporary schools into the centre for integrating students’ previous knowledge and building organized knowledge structures. The target group in this project is comprehensive school students in Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden, who are reached by home economics teachers in given countries.
LEAD seeks to develop learning materials (at least for 12 home economics lesson) that are innovative in the context of home economics education as these apply methods of science education, enabling students to experiment and by that construct knowledge. Developed innovations help teachers to purposefully integrate digital technologies into home economics teaching and thereby to prepare lessons according to the contemporary needs of the subject. In addition, each lesson has written didactical explanation which opens the principles of developed learning materials and offers ideas how to use these effectively in home economics education.
LEAD includes several activities to reach the goals. The work is organized mainly through meetings on national level (group work) and internationally through online meetings. Although, common study activity and transnational meetings are needed to have shared understanding and make decisions. To raise the quality of innovations, partners will work together and give feedback on developed materials throughout the developmental phase. Developed materials will be tested in contemporary schools, in each participating country, for evaluating the quality and suitability. The impact will be evaluated by participating teachers, students, teacher students as well as partner organizations through qualitative data collection. Data is collected primarily for the purposes of improving the materials and getting feedback for project impact, although, it will also be used for scientific purposes.
Developed innovations will be adjusted and translated to be suitable in all participating countries. The principles and good practices will be shared to subject teachers in every participating country, organizing one-day training events. All developments are made freely available through national online possibilities. After the project, home economics teachers in particular countries have the knowledge and novel skills to use designed learning materials in their lessons. It is predicted, that developed materials raise the quality of subject teaching as developed materials widen teachers understanding of didactic possibilities of using ICT for learning. These help students to deepen their knowledge structures and promote the acquisition of skills and key competences. Developed materials can be modified by users to apply in another school subjects or out of school activities. Gained knowledge will be shared to academic readers through scientific articles.
The NAVI-HED project puts together a unique group of teacher educators and researchers from four Nordic-Baltic universities. In addition, expert teachers from every partner country are included to the team of development:
- Tallinn University, School of Natural Sciences and Health from Estonia, having the role of the coordinator in this project
- University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences from Finland
- University of Agder, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences from Norway
- University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences from Sweden
Home economics teachers:
Estonia: Inga Veskimägi, Kristiin Sidok, Tiina Sillar
Finland: Janni Haapaniemi, Liisa Lavonen, Silpa Maria Pöntinen
Norway: Anniken Hagstadius, Monica Slyngenborg Jensen, Thea Bekken
Sweden: Alexsandra Hullberg, Kristina Simander Fogelberg, Malin Rödin
November 2021 - February 2022
Round I - Open-ended questionnaire for mapping practitioners’ experiences and good practices. Systemizing collected ideas into a table categorized by the aims.
10.-12. November 2021
Staff training (Helsinki, Finland). Distance education and pandemic (literature overview and sharing the experiences of partner countries), identifying common challenges. Focusing the project object, setting quality criteria. Delphi method and content for teacher’s webinar.
11th of November 2021
Online webinar for expert teachers.
April 2022 Round II
Voting for the most potentially useful ideas for home economics lessons. Analysing, reorganizing the ideas, selecting ideas for further development.
May - December 2022
Round III - Co-developing with national colleagues. Developing the 17 most promising ideas, adapting to national curricula.
13th of June 2022
First transnational meeting (Tallinn, Estonia). Overview of the output given by expert teachers from each participating country and to co-design the template for final material.
18th of October 2022
Second transnational meeting (Gothenburg, Sweden). Evaluation, criteria for project results. Modifying the designed material.
January 2023 - April 2023
Round IV - Evaluating the final material. Analysing the feedback and making adjustments.
4th of January 2023
Third transnational meeting (Tallinn, Estonia). Designing teachers’ feedback form. Planning the dissemination of the material.
March - April 2023
Multiplier events in partner countries. Introducing project results. Teachers’ training.