Scandinavia has always been an advocate for modern educational techniques. Moreover, Nordic countries are at the top of the list judged on students’ performance and quality of education.
But what makes these countries stand out from the rest?
There are no standardized tests in schools. Education is based mainly on teamwork and sharing knowledge while applying school theory to real-life experiences. These could be some of the reasons why Scandinavians excel in education.
Local schools educate the world’s top students and most innovative and creative minds. Since they do not have many natural resources, “brainpower” is the most valued in these countries. Additionally, governments are investing millions in this direction.
In the last decade schools in Nordic countries started using iPads and laptops in classrooms for all lectures. Especially in high schools and universities.
Recently robots and machine learning are adopted by schools and universities. The innovation is easy to achieve with implementing various interactive tools and systems. This also encourages the motivation for active participation in learning and understanding complex theories.
what is the future of Nordic education look like?
Education in Nordic countries is aiming to give the freedom of students to decide their own development path. Teachers implement interaction with technology and actively encouraging using and understanding it.
The focus is now on how they can use technology for educational purposes for smaller children. And whether it could allow us to create a personalized learning experience for each student.
Play at this stage of child development can successfully engage them in the process of learning, says David Whitebread, director of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning at the University of Cambridge. Once engaged in a task they enjoy, whether acting out a story or constructing a building, children become motivated to constantly refine and improve on their task and to increase the challenge. “From a psychological point of view you can see how play can help children become powerful learners,” he says.
Svenia Busson had the chance to visit 3 schools in Denmark that adopted a modern way of educating its students. And she wrote all about it in a post on her blog.
Read more about it here.
Not from a Nordic countries? But still want your kids to enjoy the best education system in the would by learning through playing?