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  Session: Introductory Courses
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Phenomenon-based Learning Using Gadgets & Gizmos
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:40AM
  Author: Matthew Bobrowsky,
443-812-5466, expert_education@rocketmail.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Phenomenon-Based Learning (PBL) arose from a collaboration with teachers in Finland, which is now seen as a major international leader in education. PISA assessments showed that Finnish students were among the top in science proficiency levels. Of 74 countries, in 2009 Finland ranked #2 in science. (The U.S. ranked #23.) The PBL teaching philosophy combines elements of what's done in Finland with what's known about effective teaching based on science education research. The approach includes responsive teaching and inquiry-based collaborative learning, along with elements of problem-based learning, project-based learning, and hands-on experiments. The idea is to teach broader concepts and useful thinking and performance skills (as with NGSS) rather than asking students to simply memorize facts. By exploring first and getting to a theoretical understanding later, students are working like real scientists, having the opportunity to pursue creative approaches to understanding, learning more, and having fun in the process!
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Bobrowsky-Phenomenon-Based-Learning.pdf

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