Education

Stan Smith / December 04,2019

How Educators Engage in Phenomenon-based Learning

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Giving Compass’ Take:

At the Hiidenkivi Comprehensive School near Helsinki, Finland, educators play a role in phenomenon-based learning that is interdisciplinary and driven by students’ inquires about the world.

How can U.S. educators learn from successful education programs in other countries?

Read about educating the whole-child through project-based learning in the U.S.

At the Hiidenkivi Comprehensive School near Helsinki, Finland, students don’t spend all their time learning what other people have discovered. They set out to discover new things on their own.

The students do this through nine-week long, interdisciplinary projects that the Finnish call “phenomenon-based learning,” a term coined by the country’s National Agency for Education.

Phenomenon-based learning is a lot like project-based learning, a more familiar term in the United States. Both prioritize hands-on activities that give students control over the direction of the project and both emphasize assignments that relate to the real world. They also emphasize student mastery of transferrable skills rather than a narrow set of facts identified by teachers. This gives kids more freedom to explore topics they find most interesting within a broad project theme.

But in Finland, phenomenon-based learning is nonnegotiably interdisciplinary, something that can get left out of projects in the U.S. And it must be driven by students’ own questions about the world, something central to another “PBL,” problem-based learning.

Stan Smith / December 04,2019

State’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College launched for NKY students in healthcare services

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In an effort to meet the heightening demand for healthcare workers across the Commonwealth, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) announced the launch of the state’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) for students in Northern Kentucky.

Through a collaborative effort with the Online Loans in Kentucky - COMPACOM,   Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College, K-TECH will focus on preparing the future workforce for healthcare careers by increasing the number of students participating in STEM courses in high school and post-secondary schools.

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