The course approaches project-based learning from a phenomenon-based learning perspective. The phenomenon-based and subject-integrative, multidisciplinary approach has been an integral part of the Finnish national curriculum since 2016. Related to those issues, a considerable amount of experience has been accumulating in the Finnish educational environment, the essence of which is offered in this course. The course will complement the project-based approach with STEAM methodologies, which is a dynamically developing but largely unexplored area in 21st century’s education. Project-based learning is suitable for enhance learning motivation, for developing collaborative and interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, and the additional STEAM approach enables learners to explore unexpected connections between different aspects of the fields represented by different subjects. While we actively discover these fields, we become familiar with the versatile competence sets that form the basis of Finnish education, such as thinking and learning to learn, cultural competence, interaction and expression, multiliteracy, working life competences and entrepreneurship, participation and involvement. The course will cover issues such as how teachers can inspire students to work effectively with each other, to self-manage, to take responsibility for their own studies. The content of the course is inspired by the Finnish educational context, but in each case we will also explore the possibilities of applying the lessons learned to the domestic educational context. The course content is created by experts of Finnish educational research, teacher education and professional development in Finland.
⇒ Working language: English (minimum level required: B1)
⇒ Working hours: 30 hours
⇒ Venue: Jyväskylä, Finland
- 6-day course: 580 EUR (6-day training, see reference programme here)
⇒ Currently available course dates:
- 19-24 August 2024 (6-day course)
- 11-16 November 2024 (6-day course)
- 10-15 November 2025 (6-day course)
Who is this training for?
The training is recommended for teachers, educators, school leaders and professional staff of any type of educational institution and of any field or subject.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The goal of the course is not simply sharing information, but supporting participants in adapting the course content for their own educational system, curricula and everyday practices.
- learn about the representation of project-based approach in Finnish educational environment and in a boarder context
- be able to plan create their own students’ project-based learning processes both, on a short-term and on a long-term basis
- be able to plan and examine the possibilities of the practical implementation of learning projects in their own teaching context
- be able to plan learning processes with an inter- and multidisciplinary approach
- improve communication skills and soft skills in English and develop language for classroom use and planning
- become more self-confident in their role as a teacher and in building trust-based relationships with their students and colleagues
- develop their professional skills through interacting with colleagues of other nationalities, exchanging ideas, materials and experiences
- develop their international professional network which will enhance their motivation in teaching.
About the location
The capital of Central Finland, Jväskylä is the cradle of teacher education, an important pillar of Finland’s prestigious education system. The first teacher training institute in the country was established here at the end of the 19th century, and the University of Jyväskylä has since become a stronghold of Finnish teacher training and methodological education.
Supervisor of the course is Ph.D. Kristóf Fenyvesi, senior researcher of University of Jyäskylä. The course is delivered in close cooperation with his invited colleagues. Dr. Fenyvesi’s research interests are overarching the main highlights of the Finnish educational system, such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education, creativity & innovation in learning, trans- and multidisciplinary integration in learning, problem-solving, playfulness, phenomenon-based, experience-oriented, and cooperative approaches in education, hands-on approaches and digital modelling, embodied learning, etc. The training draws on all these approaches and, keeping in mind the principle of learning by doing, always aims to put participants in active situations so that they themselves can learn through experience.
The course operates with a twin-track approach. On the one hand, participants will get the opportunity to being informed about newest findings of the scientific research and about their practical adaptation in the Finnish educational environment. On the other hand, they will examine the adaptability of their findings to their own teaching practice, while self-reflectively mapping creative skills and competences and the directions in which they would like to develop. All this is supported by concrete practical ideas.
Reference programme of the 6-day training (30 working hours)
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together – if requested – with the Europass Mobility Certificate. Certificates are issued by Experience Workshop on the condition of at least 80% attendance..
Important to know
Minimum number of participants: The course will be realized if at least 10 people register at least 4 weeks before the first training day.
For more details read the Terms and Conditions.