In this age of technology and accessible information, schools still expect to know everything in a book without considering whether it is actually needed for professional development. How many times have you asked yourself which subjects you should study and why you need them in the curriculum that provides them?
Finland has decided to change its education system and introduce something that is fit for the 21st century. Finland will not only adopt a different approach to life, but also a different approach to life.
Phenomenal Education writes on its website: “Examine phenomena as complete entities in their real context. To examine the information and skills associated with these phenomena without exceeding the limits of the subject. Welcome to phenomenal learning and explore the phenomenon as a complete unit in its real contexts.
Phenomena in an interdisciplinary way, i.e. to include all topics, but only contribute to outstanding achievements in this field. This means that students do not learn physics or other subjects, they have the freedom to choose between physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, economics, geography, etc. Students who wish to take a vocational course can use the Mensa service. Examples of these are the European Union (which would include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, India, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greece, Austria, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Turkey, Cyprus, Iceland, Malta, Ireland, Portugal, Ukraine and Greece.
This type of learning includes face-to-face conversations and online sessions. This means that the most appropriate and natural way of tackling this phenomenon, but also the style of teaching, is changing. Instead of traditional teaching in a style that revolves around learning, with students sitting at their desks and recording the teacher’s instructions, this approach will shift to a more holistic level. Throughout the learning process, students will be able to work with their peers and teachers to exchange information, explore new information and implement with building tools.
As stated in Phenomenal Learning, education systems tend to be oriented towards collaborative environments (e.g. teamwork) in which they want to form information and social contexts, rather than only considering the inner elements of the individual. The starting point of phenomenal constructivist teaching, in which the student is considered an active knowledge builder, is constructed from the results of problem solving in order to construct a whole that corresponds to the situation and the information used at the time.
The final step will be practical implementation, which will show the results of the whole process. This approach will support learning based on questions – based learning, problem – solution and project – portfolio lines.
Reform will require a lot of cooperation between teachers in different subjects. In fact, 70% of teachers in Helsinki are already involved in the preparatory work under the new system. These teachers have already been intensively trained by the Ministry of Education, the Finnish Academy of Sciences and the Helsinki University of Technology.
Co – teaching is at the heart of the curriculum redesign, with more than one specialist teacher who advocates the new teaching style receiving a small pay rise as a sign of recognition. From an educational point of view, this style is very rewarding and rewarding for teachers.
The plan is to fully implement the PhenoBL approach by 2020, and schools are currently required to introduce a phase of phenomenal-based learning at least once a year. This is not surprising, because the interaction between this type of teaching is something teachers have always dreamed of. But teachers who have already incorporated the style into their work say they cannot return to the old style.
A similar approach, the Playful Learning Centre, is used in preschools and serves as a basis for phenomenal learning based on learning in the classroom.