AQUA NARRABILIS – Acquisition of Basic skills In LIbraries and Schools
The project “Aqua Narrabilis” was established in October 2014 and runs under the Erasmus-Plus-Action of the European Commission. We are 6 partners from 5 countries: Austria, Portugal, Poland, Cyprus and Bulgaria.
We chose the topic “narration” because we think that “making yourself heard” belongs to the main competencies in the global world. As well as water is crucial for all of us – only one of the partner-countries has no access to the sea, but many lakes and rivers… apart from taking water as THE essential resource for life, for everything… !
More about the project:
Narrative skills are the ability to describe things and events and tell stories. They are basic skills and key-competences, which are essential for
- literacy (i.e. the ability to read and write),
- first and second language learning and
- certainly also for active citizenship and participation in democracy (roughly: being able to make oneself heard).
They are also crucial for effective and engaging communication in any disciplinary field.
Methods like conventional storytelling (based on books), reading books aloud, power point presentations of picture books (storybook theatres), kamishibai, dramatizing book contents, puppet or shadow plays can all contribute to raising narrative skills, but their educational value remains to be analysed.
Not all children books and not all topics are equally suitable for conveying narrative skills. Establishing an audited list of felicity conditions for teaching and learning narrative skills (esp. appropriate material, contents and methods) is one of the envisaged outputs of our project “Aqua Narrabilis”.
We are currently developing:
- practical methods,
- hands-on and tangible material (e.g. texts for puppet or shadow plays)
- didactic models and
- easily accessible and up-to-date open educational resources (OER) in diverse European languages
for the use in library work, in primary schools (age group: 6 – 12 years) and in kindergartens
(3 – 6 years).
In order to address issues of active citizenship and worldwide concern and to produce comparable material that can be used in all European countries (and beyond), we concentrate on the topic of WATER, i.e. all stories , all material and resources are related to water and its ecological, nutritional, geographical and – above all – symbolic value.