POLKU Continuing Education

POLKU (in English PATHWAYS – Trough Active Readership to Communities of Readers) further education strengthens the readership of teachers and enhances the theoretical and practical skills in language pedagogy and in developing creative learning environments for learning language, especially from the perspective of multilingualism and individual needs. The main goal of the POLKU- further education is to promote cooperation and sharing between teachers, schools and municipal actors.

The POLKU-further education is based on workshops based on literature and utilizing linguistic creativity. In workshops, the participants learn from peers and develop their own pedagogy based on individual learning goals. The methods implemented during the workshops encourage interaction and creativity, which promote engagement in reading and equalize the position of readers in reader communities.

The pedagogical approaches used in POLKU-education are mainly unknown in Finland.  POLKU-project (online and in face-to-face meetings) promotes continuous learning and equal opportunities to develop professional skills. Workshops will be held regularly throughout the project and if necessary in English and in overlapping languages, using the languages ​​of the participants.

The training began in September 2020 and end by the end of 2021. The training is organized in Pori, Rauma, Jyväskylä and possibly in Turku in peer groups  or, if the corona restrictions continue, alternatively as online teaching. In any case, one group is implemented entirely online.

POLKU-further education consist of five individual courses (15 credits in total), which in addition to small group meetings contain open educational events.  The aim is that as many participants as possible complete and participate all the courses. The training is free for participants but requires a commitment to participate.

The National Agency of Education funds the education.

POLKU- project team
Director and person in charge of the University of Turku subproject Juli-Anna Aerila (julaer@utu.fi)
Person in charge of the University of Jyväskylä subproject Merja Kauppinen (merja.a.kauppinen@jyu.fi)
Coordinator Anu lamminen (anu.lamminen@utu.fi)
Professor Sara Routarinne (sara.routarinne@utu.fi)