What is “Phenomenon Based Learning?”

The definition of Phenomenon Based Learning, according to the organization, Phenomenal Education:

In Phenomenon Based Learning (PhenoBL) and teaching, holistic real-world phenomena provide the starting point for learning. The phenomena are studied as complete entities, in their real context, and the information and skills related to them are studied by crossing the boundaries between subjects. Phenomena are  holistic topics like human, European Union, media and technology, water or energy.The starting point differs from the traditional school culture divided into subjects, where the things studied are often split into relatively small, separate parts (decontextualisation).

This is the new educational system that is being rolled out in Finland and is meant to better teach 21st century skills.


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