KNORK Blog opens!

Welcome to develop and investigate knowledge work competencies with us: teachers, researchers and technical experts in KNORK!

The name, Promoting Knowledge Work Practices in Education, reveals our aim and focus. We are curious about the competencies that children, teenagers, and students need in the future life. There is a lot of talk about the challenges that young people have to face in their work life, and there is also a lot of talk – and lists! – about the competencies that they need to have; such as communication and collaboration skills, learning to learn -skills, or digital skills. They should also have several personal attributes, such as curiosity, independence, or flexibility. Future knowledge workers should really be something special!

How do the young people acquire these competencies? At home, in school – yes, but not everyone at home, and unfortunately only seldom in educational institutions. Too often educational practices are still based on individual learning, focusing on remembering information, and too seldom students’ own knowledge and knowledge creation is taken into use. We know that there are several reasons for this, and in our project we can’t solve every problem. We promise, however, to develop such new practices that support the development of knowledge work practices together with teachers and researchers. We promise to investigate these practices, and we will share the experiences together with the educational community, e.g., via this blog.

Liisa Ilomäki,

University of Helsinki, co-ordinator of KNORK

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  1. Teaching staff are daily exposed to various forms of pressure: the school system and its obligations – the work in class and, not to forget, the individual sphere that brings in not only family life and its responsibilities but also other routine challenges of day-to-day living.
    HelP is a prevention programme that uses e-counseling in order to enable teachers to elaborate individual stress relief strategies. The programme is built on a set of training modules fully accessible online. The programme will be available from 2015 on.
    HelP is a project funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme: for more information please visit

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