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Using Phenomena-Based Learning in the Science Classroom

Original price was: $280.00.Current price is: $250.00.

*New Course Spring 2022

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor: Allison Elfreth Email:

Course Description:  Phenomena has been the new buzz word in education ever since Finland made Phenomena-Based Learning compulsory starting in 2016.  At its core, phenomena-based learning is intended to be a cross-disciplinary form of teaching that enables students to understand the connections between multiple disciplines and how those disciplinary knowledges can be used together to solve problems.  Practically, unless a school culture devotes itself to providing time in the day for students to participate in a multidisciplinary PhenoBL module as done in Finland, phenomena-based learning can and must be done in a given subject area.  Phenomena are simply observable events, and they need not be phenomenal.  The phenomena should have a real-world context which is how we can begin to engage all students.  Similar to project-based learning and problem-based learning, students are expected to work together to ask questions and find solutions to those questions.  We will explore the following

  • What is phenomena-based learning?
  • What are the qualities of good phenomena?
  • A library of phenomena examples
  • Using graphs and data in a real-world context as an anchoring phenomena
  • How phenomena are related to the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • How to use storylines to guide our lessons using anchoring phenomena
  • Phenomena based learning and the 5E Model

(3 credits/45 hours) In-serivce credits only


Allison Elfreth