Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My article in the journal of the Finnish Network for Language Education Policies

I happily received the invitation of the editors of Kieli, koulutus ja yhteiskunta (Language, Education and Society) to share my research experience in Finland. In the article that has just been published, I summarize how "moving to Finland two years ago had given new push to my work". In the lead paragraph of the article, I summarized the main changes in my work:
I have been studying Hungarian education for about thirteen years and I have been addressing the general public with popularizing materials for nearly five years now. However, in Finland these activities become more complex than in my native country. Here, I wish to discuss how my research found larger and larger contexts in two steps: first, by starting to make my research available to wider audiences in Hungary, and second, by turning my focus to an international environment. I claim that these two types of re-contextualization are not only beneficial for me as a researcher personally but also serve the researched communities as well as teachers and other practitioners in a rich way.
Learn more about the journal and the network which publishes it after the photo!

On its website, the publisher Finnish Network for Language Education Policies describes its activities as follows:
The Network for Language Education Policies, Kieliverkosto, is an open forum for all who are interested in languages and language education. The network encourages discussion about language learning and teaching, the role of languages in society, language assessment, and languages in working life. Everyone is welcome to take part in this discussion as languages are an integral part of our everyday lives.
The network brings together actors in the field of language education policy, organises events, promotes research and education in the field, and influences decision-making about language education in Finland. Since language education policy is not merely a national issue, the network also seeks international contacts and experiences.
The Network is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and it is coordinated by the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.
In their journal, the articles are mainly in Finnish, but you can find English ones as well.

Update: if you read Hungarian, see how the editors of 'Language and Science' perceived the article (in sum: happily).

Szabó, T. P. 2015. Understanding Finnish education: science popularization and scholarly work as intertwined activities. Kieli, koulutus ja yhteiskunta 

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