Naturalistic Teaching Project

Inclusion/integration education for students in need of special education is among the subjects of great importance in Turkey and other developing countries as well as developed countries. With the increase in the importance and support given to inclusive classrooms, the need for natural instructional processes, which include effective and practical strategies that they can use in the normal education process, has emerged, especially in pre-school inclusive classrooms. For this reason, in order for inclusive practices to be successful, there is a need for practices that practically explain and show how they can teach during their daily school routines, activities and transitions for preschool educators. Written, visual and web 2.0 for educators with scientifically based, practical and real examples showing educators how the goals set for children with disabilities in preschool inclusive classrooms can be achieved naturally during daily school routines, activities and transitions. It is important that it is presented with based applications. With these requirements, this project aims to present web-based written and visual materials that will naturally support the development of children during their daily school routines, activities and transitions for pre-school educators, and to define this content as a professional development process and to give certificates to those who successfully complete the process. The content prepared will be freely accessible in Turkish, English, German, Hungarian and Macedonian with the contribution of the project partners.

Purposes and Goals

This project aims to present web-based written and visual materials that will naturally support the development of children during their daily school routines, activities and transitions for pre-school educators, and to define this content as a professional development process and to give certificates to those who successfully complete the process.

Project Concrete Outcomes

a) INCLUSION COMPETENCE GENERATOR (ICG) - packs on characteristics of several disability preschool age groups and the naturalistic teaching process with practical teaching strategies that can be used by ECEC teachers in their classrooms or other contexts.

b) INCLUSION PRACTICE EXCHANGE (IPE) - videos of experts speaking on characteristics of several disability preschool age groups and best practice examples of naturalistic teaching strategies/methods effectively showing how these strategies can be implemented in different contexts, routines, or activities.

c) INCLUSION COMPETENCE PLATFORM (ICP) - a 2.0 website (linked to Inclusion Competence Certificate; https://www.naturalisticteaching.com/ ) that will include all content of the ICG and IPE in project partner languages and in English with a modular format by ending an assessment tool toward certification.

Topic, Concept and Literature Summary

With the increase in the importance and support given to inclusive classrooms, the need for natural instructional processes, which include effective and practical strategies that they can use in the normal education process, has emerged, especially in pre-school inclusive classrooms. For this reason, in order for inclusive practices to be successful, there is a need for practices that practically explain and show how they can teach during their daily school routines, activities and transitions for preschool educators.

Original Value

Written, visual and web 2.0 for educators with scientifically based, practical and real examples showing educators how the goals set for children with disabilities in preschool inclusive classrooms can be achieved naturally during daily school routines, activities and transitions. 

Widespread Impact

The content prepared will be freely accessible in Turkish, English, German, Hungarian and Macedonian with the contribution of the project partners.

PROJECT TECHNICAL DETAILS:

Project Code: 2021-1-TR01-KA220-VET-000034720

Project Title: Project Naturalistic Instruction: Exploding and Transferring Evidence-Based Strategies for Early Childhood Inclusion Professionals

Project Acronym: Project Naturalistic Teaching

Project Dates: 28/02/2022-27/02/2024

Project Partners:

1. ANADOLU UNIVERSITY; ESKISEHIR, TURKEY, (APPLICANT ORGANIZATION)

2. Zdruzhenie za unapreduvanje na obrazovanieto, kulturata i sportot OBRAZOVANIE ZA SITE Skopje, The Republic of North Macedonia (PARTNER ORGANIZATION)

3. Tohum Autism Foundation, ISTANBUL, TURKEY (PARTNER ORGANIZATION)

4. MSH Medical School of Hamburg, GERMANY, (PARTNER ORGANIZATION)

5. EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY, Budapest, HUNGARY, (PARTNER ORGANIZATION)

6. S.I.N.N. Dr. Pretis, Graz, AUSTRIA, (PARTNER ORGANIZATION)