The project Early Language Development in Nature (ELaDiNa) (2020 – 2023) brought together two topics of early education: language development and children’s activities in nature. The main idea was to develop a generic model and educational material to support teachers using natural spaces for supporting language development. Language development is a crucial for general developmental and to a successful educational career.
The concrete outputs are four different documents:
- Generic model: The content will support pedagogues to implement language development activities with support of nature. There is strong rationale included in the document, together with strategies and case studies, why this approach is important
- Theoretical Handbook: The document provides theoretical contexts, findings of the project’s process and evaluation of the practical field trial. It presents the ELaDiNa generic model, developed and adjusted through international theoretical discourse and practical trials during the project. Its audience are academics, students, policy makers and practitioners
- Practical Handbook: It is intended for practical use. Methods, tools and guidelines are gathered and explained through selected activity plans. Educational practitioners are the main audience
- Training programme: It was developed and carried out with 40 experts, who gained new knowledge and skills on how to develop language in nature. The document is for experts who want to transfer ELaDiNa approach, methods and strategies to other experts