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Emotional Nature: A learning experience to explore how materials relate to emotions

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Hellman, Marika
dc.contributor.advisor Elf, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Rueda Mejia, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-21T17:00:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-21T17:00:15Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/37548
dc.description.abstract Emotional Nature is a hands-on learning experience and toolkit that connects different tangible and intangible tools for educators to visualise, grasp and engage in a dialogue with emotions in relation to materials. The Emotional Nature toolkit is also a temporary safe space for educators and children to motivate their understanding of emotions, as well as meaningful connections with nature. The learning is enhanced through a creative and fun process combining tools like value cards, storytelling, meditation, natural inks, and mainly wood-based biomaterials. Having regular contact and meaningful connections with nature have several benefits for humans from playful learning to wellbeing, from bonding relations with other beings to inner self. This research is focused on the specific relationships between emotions and materials, and it is supported by a bigger academic context - The CHEMARTS strategy. The research process is designed in response to the main findings from the initial exploratory phase of Emotional Nature. First, biomaterials as a key tool to feel nature, as well as express and materialise emotions; second, the difficulties in dealing with emotions in the classroom; and third, the reduced availability of safe and comfortable spaces to share and transform emotions in Finnish educational context. This study is an explorative approach based on self-experimentation and participatory design research practices done mainly with teachers and field experts. The research design seeks to inspire educators to explore and grasp relationships between emotions and nature through the experimentation with biomaterials and diverse tools in Finnish School Context. The main audience for Emotional Nature Learning Experience are educators of children between 10 and 13 years old. However, based on the co-creation sessions with different populations, such as parents and postgraduate students, the hands-on learning experience also proved to be effective for other age groups and settings. en
dc.format.extent 78+2
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Emotional Nature: A learning experience to explore how materials relate to emotions en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword nature en
dc.subject.keyword emotions en
dc.subject.keyword materials en
dc.subject.keyword co-design en
dc.subject.keyword learning experience design en
dc.subject.keyword tools exploration en
dc.subject.keyword Finnish school context en
dc.subject.keyword education en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201904212667
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Berglund, Eeva
dc.programme Creative Sustainability en


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