FINLAND’S SECRET EDUCATION WEAPON: PHENOMENON-BASED LEARNING

| June 3, 2019

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The topics that students learn in a phenomenon-based classroom could range from Students engage in authentic and organic research, communicate with stakeholders inside and outside the classroom, and execute meaningful teamwork.This strategy is a contextualized way of approaching topics and themes because no boundaries exist. Its initiative is also one of Finland’s secret weapons in climbing in rank from ninth to sixth place in higher education. In requiring phenomenon-based learning.

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Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California for transfers to 4 year Universities. It offers career and technical education (CTE) as well as classes for upgrading job skills, and Sierra graduates may be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. The college is nationally recognized for excellence in its athletic programs; and its award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise.

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