Finland will have a new way of approach to its educational system. It is called the Phenomenon based system. Students would no longer study just one subject like physics, but a whole range of subjects that relate to one topic, taking a more interdisciplinary approach. For example, students could look at the European Union, which could then incorporate languages, economics, history, and geography, and then they could look at climate change the following week, which might involve science, environmental studies, economics, and policy. Phenomenon-based teaching and learning use the natural curiosity of children to learn in a holistic and authentic context. Real-world phenomena provide the motivating starting point for learning, instead of traditional school subjects. The phenomena are studied as holistic entities, in their real context, and the information and skills related to them are studied by crossing the boundaries between subjects. This enables students also to learn 21st-century skills like critical thinking, creativity, innovation, teamwork, and communication. The teacher-student relationship will also change, as students will take a combination of online and in-class courses. The dialogue between students, peers, and teachers will also change, as students will be encouraged to speak more openly and share information. Finland plans to gradually change the system, so schools won’t be fully phenomenon-based learning until 2020. Teachers had already started implementing phenomenon-based learning in their classrooms.

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