Discription Of Partner

Bergen Voksenopplæring is Bergen municipality's school for the training of adults over 18 years. The school focuses on students who have educational needs in basic skills. We conduct courses including reading, writing, mathematics, English, Norwegian and social studies.
The school has groups and classes that teach Norwegian as a foreign language. We also have partnerships with workplaces to develop language learning in the workplace.
We work with different businesses to which we establish training/courses to increase the competence needed linked to basic skills at the workplace.
All our work is seen in relation to the national curriculum and all teaching is followed by written, individual plans and reports. We have a strong focus on being able to document results, and in that context, we work hard to raise the competence of the entire teaching staff, in the best interests of our students.

The programs that the school offers are part-time, and the pupils often combine this with part-time jobs. Bergen adult is responsible for the rehabilitative training that takes place in connection with adults in the whole municipality; in addition to that, we sell similar services to other municipalities. Both hospitals and other treatment sites refer their patients to us, for further training and rehabilitation on topics as reading, writing, communicating and problems in connection with eye-sight and problems hearing

There are similar organizations in all major cities in Norway and also in several of the municipalities in general. In Bergen there are about 30 teachers employed, and we have contact with about 300 students each year.

- Bergen og Norge engels


- Metacogisjon

TEACHING THROUGH METACOGNITION – baced on Vygotsky and cognitive psychology.

Presented by Iris Krokmyrdal




1: Public (Who)

Teaching through metacognition.

An approach suitable to anybody in learning


2: Objektives (Why)

To show students/pupils the necessity to change      – if they are to learn.

The goal is to find the most efficient way for the brain to relate to, and process information and knowledge.

3: Developed skills (What)

Self knowledge

How each individual can learn and develop a relatively lasting change in behavior, the best way of learning for themselves

4: Training methods and means (How)


Focusing on bridging the gap between the students/pupils and “the system”

Using examples, which the student/pupils can relate to (relevant exercises)

Talking about cognition and ways of learning (strategies), without having the answers.



Minutes Of The Conference


DAY 1 – Wednesday 20th of November:
9.30: Welcome to Bergen and Norway, information on the program and the plans for the meeting
9.45: Round table of the participants, news and interesting things to share
10.30: Presentation of “the Norwegian way”, development of basic skills trainers and teachers, achievements and obstacles.
The Norwegian school system.
12.30: Lunch
13.30: Teaching through metacognition:
An approach to show students/people the necessity to change; if they are to learn basic skills. Norway, by Iris Krokmyrdal
15.30: End of the first day of the meeting
18.30: Social event and dinner

DAY 2 –Thursday 21st of November:
9.30: Recall of day 1
9.45: Presentation of website, by the representative from Turkey.
Handbook, ongoing work?
12.30: Lunch
13.30: Brainstorming on project ideas, new projects and ideas? Presentation of ideas.
14.30: Summary of two days of meeting in Bergen
15.00: Next step in the project, plan for next meeting and End of meeting.

Bergen voksenopplæring, Bergen, Norway – (host of the meeting) Guri Bøe, Isabel Gomes and Iris Krokmyrdal
Kobanyai Szent László Gimnázium, Budapest, Hungry (project coordinator) Hajnal Andrea Bükkösi and Boglárka Eszter Kerekes
Groupement d’Interet Public de Formation de l’Academie de Rennes (GIP-FAR), Rennes, France Bertrand Boudey
Afyon kocatepe universitesi ahmet necdet sezer arastirma ve uygulama hastanesi, Afyon, Turkey Adnan Filya and Mustafa Kucukilhan
Centro de education de adultos, Doña Jimena, San Esteban de Gormaz (Soria), Spain Ana Isabel Minguito Sierra, Vanessa Gómez Marugán, Ana Hernando (student), Juan Carlos Romero Hergueta (student) and Jaime García de Cárdenas (student)

• An e-mail from the coordinator of the project, Viktor Tóth, about things that have to be discussed:
Homepage/website ( ) – Every partner has to send best practices, minutes, photos and evaluations to Adnan ( ) so he can integrate everything in to the homepage.
Each meeting needs a title, aims, photos, minutes and evaluations
Handbook – It was decided that the project did not need a handbook as there is a website.
• France – After a call-of-tender from the Government of Brittany, the GRETA won 12 of the “markets” concerning key skills. They have to teach differently than before. They got a grant of 60.000 euros to teach about 55 teachers. They are going to teach the worker at his/her workplace and teach him/her what he/she needs to learn to be f.ex a plumber: “I am a plumber and I need more numeracy, literacy, science and more to do my work”.

Guri Bøe, the headmaster of Bergen voksenopplæring, had a small presentation of the Norwegian educational system and we had a discussion about the educational systems in Spain and France as well. See appendix no 1

Guri Bøe had a presentation about how basic skills teachers are trained in Norway. She linked it to the national agency of lifelong learning in Norway, Vox. She showed the agency’s homepage: and the basic skills profiles See appendixe no 2.

Iris Krokmyrdal, a teacher at Bergen voksenopplæring, had a presentation about teaching through metacognition – “An approach to show pupils the necessity to change – if they are to learn”. She based her views on Vygotsky. See appendix no 3.

Adnan, the representative for the Turkish partner, has created a website/homepage for the project. As for now the website is incomplete. It was decided that all partners should send Adnan
• Presentations on good practices concerning the topics of the meetings
• Descriptions of the partners – photos, logos, why each partner wants to be in the project and the aim of each partner
• Evaluation of the meetings in Hungary, France and Norway
All the information should be sent to Adnan before December 2nd 2013.
When the website/homepage is complete, there is no need for a handbook, as was questioned by the project coordinator, Viktor Tóth. This was decided at the meeting.

In the presentation of the project it was indicated that the project partners were going to communicate by Skype and a created Facebook-group. This has not happened. The partners have communicated through e-mails and “WhatsApp Messenger”. WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages, pictures and sound without having to pay for SMS. Ana Isabel, the representative for the Spanish partner, had created a group in WhatsApp and wanted everyone that was not in the group to send her their phone number so she could include them in the group.

Next call of proposition for new projects is in March/April 2014. If the group wants to continue working together, they have to come up with ideas on a follow-up or a new project. For next time the group has to decide on if they want to or have the capacity to continue the cooperation. Are the partners too different to achieve what each partner wants to achieve? The group has to find the smallest common territory and find the same “audience” if they would like to continue in a follow up project. Some suggestions for new projects came up:
• Spain: “How to train ICT for elderly people?” or “Cognitive learning”
• France: “Soufflearning” (see below) or “Key skills for workers” (new ongoing project in France), SEE appendices nr 4 and 5.

Bertrand, the representative for the French delegation, had a small presentation on a project that GIP-FAR had with a German company concerning “Soufflearning”. See

• December 2nd 2013 – All information from each partner and the previous meetings have to be sent to Adnan
• March/April 2014 – Next call of proposition for new projects.
• March 6th and 7th 2015 – The 4th project meeting in Afyon, Turkey. All partners have to arrive on March 5th. There is a connecting flight from Istanbul to Afyon on March 5th at 18h25 with a return on March 7th at 20h10. Topics for the meeting will be the Turkish educational system, information on good practice with courses for adults and ideas/decision on a follow-up project or a new project.
• May 26th and 27th 2014 – The 5th, and final, meeting in San Esteban (Sória), Spain. The topic for this meeting will be the projects final report. And of course, to see the practices in adult education in San Esteban.

- Basic skills at the workplace - 3rd meeting, Meeting minutes, Bergen, Norway

- Presentation of GIP-FAR, and the GRETA Network of Brittany

- Presentation of a new approach of teaching education for adult in Bretagne

From The Meeting

- Meeting Schedule

- Education in Norway

- Attendance List

- Teacher Training Norway

- In The Press