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  • Kurkola, Jan-Kristian (2023)
    Controlling everyday rhythms has been found to be related to how young people experience their ability to cope with life and how meaningful their everyday life appears. The sequential map is a tool developed to support the scheduling and management of everyday life. It is based on Pirjo Korvela's observations of the sequence structure of everyday life, or how everyday life is constructed of successive stages. Home economics researchers have studied the map as a tool for supporting everyday life, especially in family work. In this study, the sequential map was examined for the first time as a teaching tool in home economics education. The study explored the opportunities and challenges of using the sequential map in home economics education. At the same time, the factors to be considered in the design and application of the sequential map were examined to ensure a successful teaching event. The theoretical framework for the study was formed by everyday life research and didactics of home economics. The research material consisted of interviews with home economics teachers, notes collected from observing their home economics classes, and sequential maps filled out by participating students. The research method was qualitative, seeking to understand and utilizing action research methodology in some areas. The results of the study show that the use of the map makes the overall structure of everyday life and the relationship between everyday actions more understandable to students. Working with the map created constructive social interaction between students and the teacher. Students recorded their own everyday activities on sequential maps with ease, and the resulting teaching content was deemed interesting. Students also critically reflected on their own everyday activities. The maps provide useful information about young people's daily lives for adults working with them. The results showed that lesson introductions should be carefully planned to allow enough time for the topic to be internalized. The structure of the maps should be kept as open as possible to allow plenty of space for recording thoughts.