About the project

  • Project period is May 2021 – April 2023 
  • It is an Eramsus+ KA226 project, code 2020-1-EE01-KA226-SCH-093386
  • NAVI-HED - Navigating through Digital Challenges in Home Economics Education. See the project at Estonian Research Information System - ETIS.
  • Coordinator  - Jaana Taar, Associate professor 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


Teachers of HE education in Nordic-Baltic countries have faced similar challenges in using digital tools in classroom settings. Although digital tools are only one side of the coin, it is important to find methods to implement digital technology into subject teaching in a pedagogically meaningful way. The pandemic period demonstrated how difficult it is for teachers to provide relevant instruction for students with different background knowledge and skills, to evaluate the outcomes and to give suggestions without face-to-face contact. Especially difficult was teaching such practical subjects like crafts and home economics.

NAVI-HED project aims to collect and disseminate best practices to support educators in the field of HE so that they can obtain the knowledge and skills to use digital tools in a pedagogically supportive way in the context of distance/blended teaching. Our target group in this project is comprehensive school HE teachers in Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project has three stages: First, we study the topical scientific literature to raise participants’ knowledge as well as to close the gap between practitioners and scientists. Second, we use the Delphi method to collect pedagogical ideas for distance/blended learning situations. Expert teachers are closely related throughout the project period when developing the collected ideas further. Third, we introduce the developed booklet of pedagogical practices and ideas in each participating country on a teachers’ seminar day and distribute the knowledge among a wider audience. 


About the team


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


Project teachers


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.