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Stories of learning about pedagogics and NGO training

by Anna Kirstinä
Language: EN
Document available also in: FI SV DE RO


We are pedagogical employees from three Finnish study associations (study centres). In this blog, we would like to tell you stories of our learning experiences in the field of adult education in European context.  We are going to increase our competence in pedagogic skills and know-how with the help of an ERASMUS+ KA1-project called “European Educational Know-how Supporting Civil Society”.

The project makes it possible for twenty-five trainers and pedagogues to attend courses and do job shadowing in Europe during 2017 and 2018. An essential part of our project is to share good practices with each other, our organisations and our colleagues in Europe by telling about our experiences in this blog and in workshops. We will be happy to increase co-operation and enhance peer learning between study associations in Finland and the people and organisations we will get to know during this project in different countries.

Study associations are adult education institutes. We organize, generate and support non-formal and lifelong learning. Study associations involved in the project are KansalaisfoorumiKSL and Sivis. We all provide education foremost with and for associations and NGOs. Therefore, our common strategy in this project is to better our skills and know-how in NGO training from various viewpoints. We also wish to deepen our understanding of promoting peer learning, which is in our pedagogical core. We will brush up our international skills and widen our European co-operation network. So many benefits!

Our workers are going to improve their knowledge in e.g. coaching, e-learning, pedagogic methods, facilitating study circles, evaluation and strategic planning in associations. We are glad to share our experiences of our study trips in this blog. Links to the blog articles will appear below when people return from their journeys. Enjoy the stories!


Anna Kirstinä
project coordinator/KSL Study Centre




Jutta Lithovius: My experience of Younger Staff Training in Brussels

Minna Pesonen: ICT in Education Course in Athens

Jarmo Siira: On a game-based learning course in Greece

Kirsi Ahonen: Drama and ICT in Paris

Jukka Peltokoski: Job shadowing in Malmö - a week full of social and political learning

Anu Törrö: Multimedia and world music in Portugal

Marion Fields: A volunteer’s most important skill is to listen – Job Shadowing Experience in London

Pekka Kinnunen: New ideas from Italy for using ICT

Riitta Tervasmäki: Job shadowing in Poland – observations of the “Violence – Important Problem” project

Minna Lepistö: Learning and networking in Brussels

Tuula Hyystinmäki: A peer coaching course in Slovenia

Annika Tahvanainen-Jaatinen: Exploring volunteering and liberal adult education success stories in Lelystad, Holland

Tuula Kumpumäki: Learning about motivation

Tiina Flygare: Stress management and dealing with difficult situations

Tiia Kontkanen: Networking and sharing values at a course in Tenerife

Anne Ilvonen: Soft leadership skills with European colleagues

Krissu Sirola-Korhonen: Peer coaching as a guide to appreciating dialogue

Sanni Olasvuori: Aiming for mutual understanding across cultural boundaries

Virpi Markkanen: Experiences from Rome

Eeva Jeronen: Soft skills, solid competence

Maaria Tuhkunen: Thoughts on the significance of slow reflection in learning

Susanna Plathan: Citizens’ basic skills – one of the common factors in the European adult education

Heidi Ristolainen: Becoming an interested listener – a coaching course in Ljubljana

Satu-Päivikki Lehtonen: An intensive week of emotionally intelligent coaching

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  • Anni KARTTUNEN's picture

    Moi Anna,

    kiitos kivasta blogikokoelmasta! Upeaa kuulla, miten olette hyödyntäneet Erasmus+ KA1 hanketta ja kerrotte siitä upeasti kaikille! Todella ilahduttavaa työtä.

    Mielellämme kääntäisimme nämä jutut myös suomeksi täällä Opetushallituksen aikuiskoulutuksen kv-tiimissä (EPALE ja E+), jotta myös suomalaiset lukijat pääsevät nauttimaan kokemuksistanne. Olisi kiva, jos vinkkaisit meille, kun uutta materiaalia tulee (kun tämä näkyy vaan täällä enkkupuolella), niin voimme pistää jutut kääntäen!

    Lämpimät terkut koko teidän projektipoppoolle!

    Kiitos kaunis ja hyvää viikonloppua!

    Anni Koo

  • Anna Kirstinä's picture
    kiitos kivasta palautteesta! Ilman muuta ja ilolla otamme vastaan käännösavun. Pistän vinkaten, kun uusia kokemuskertomuksia tulee. Projektipoppoo saa terveiset ja ajattelee teitä lämmöllä jokaisen arvokkaita oppimiskokemuksia saavan ja kokemuksiaan jakavan reissaajan kohdalla. :)
  • Lifelong learning network Macedonia's picture
    Dear Anna Kristina,
    It is really wonderful to hear how the process of Job Shadowing is spreading throughout whole Europe.I am proud to say that Macedonia has participated in the project Breaking Barriers (and one of its parts was Job Shadowing) and we could see the benefits of it in our society. It is something that is necessary for every country in the part of adult education and we, as organizations (especially trainers) must make sure that it is spread widely and involve as many people as we can in the process. 
    We would be really delighted if we cooperate and share experiences and practices on this subject matter and strengthen our mutual capacities in the part of coaching, e-learning, pedagogic methods etc. 
    Snezana Danilovska
    Lifelong Learning Network Macedonia
  • Anna Kirstinä's picture
    Nice to hear about your successful project. Cooperation is always welcome!
  • temel kahraman's picture
    really impressive

  • Anna Kirstinä's picture
    Thank you. :)