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Elizabeth Crawford Authors Blog Post on Finland’s Phenomenon-Based Learning

Friday, September 02, 2016

In May, Elizabeth Crawford traveled to Finland on a Global Scholar Curriculum Grant from UNC’s Center for European Studies. Crawford is an associate professor and elementary education graduate program coordinator at the Watson College.

During a nine-day visit, she met with educators at the University of Jyväskylä, toured schools and presented her research on global, humane education. Crawford’s goal was to learn more about Finland’s education reform efforts with an emphasis on phenomenon-based learning, an interdisciplinary approach that engages students in investigating, alongside their teachers, real world phenomena or issues and proposing solutions to address them.

A blog she authored, titled “What I Learned as a Global Scholar in Finland,” appeared on the CES website on July 15 and can be viewed here.

Crawford will return to Finland in October to continue her collaboration with Finnish teacher educators and classroom teachers as a continuation of her work as a Global Scholar.

About the Center for European Studies

The Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill advances understanding of the social, political and economic events that shape contemporary Europe. Established in 1994, CES is one of only five in the nation to be designated as both a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence by the European Union.

For more information visit http://europe.unc.edu/mission.