Inquiry-Based Learning from Finland

The training course is developed by the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+, and designed by academic specialists Dr Jenni Vartiainen and Adjunct Professor Jonna Kangas from the University of Helsinki. The course teaches the participants through inquiry-based learning on how to teach STEM subjects to early learners, and how to teach children of different ages and different learning levels in the same classroom. With our practical approach, you will learn what inquiry-based learning is and how to utilise it in teaching STEM subjects.

Children in a science class

BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPANTS

The programme targets early childhood educators and primary teachers. You will learn the method of inquiry-based learning, which you can extend to all the activities in your school.

Through inquiry-based learning you will be able to teach complex STEM subjects even for very young learners. In order to complete this programme, you don’t have to have prior content knowledge of STEM subjects.

The main objective of the programme is to build capable and confident educators who can implement science education in early childhood learning.

During the course, the participant will learn the foundations of ECEC STEM:

  • Engage – Define STEM in the context of early learning and education
  • Explore – Include science in classroom practices
  • Execute – Get tips and tools for effective classroom activities
  • Elaborate – Discuss and reflect on your learning and learn from others
  • Evaluate – Make a playful questionnaire and check your awareness of STEM

At the completion of the course, the participant:

  • Understands the importance of early STEM education
  • Has a positive attitude and competence towards teaching STEM to young children
  • Has learned to use the learning-by-doing approach in teaching
  • Has practiced and designed effective and fun learning activities in STEM

METHOD

You can complete the course while practicing as a full-time teacher, as the course utilises microlearning (small learning units and short-term learning activities). You will study a short amount of theory in each section, and the programme will guide you to implement it in practice in your classroom.

This is a purely self-study course, and participants are awarded with an electronic University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+ certificate at its completion.

Video clip as an example of the course material: PhD. Jenni Vartiainen talks about inquiry-based learning.

PURCHASING: You can register for the course on the VentureVillage website

HY+ has partnered with VentureVillage to deliver its learning programmes in India. VentureVillage is a global education organisation with its base in Finland, and has been operating in India since 2019.

Unnikrishnan S Kurup, Co-founder and partner of VentureVillage, and Kimmo Kärpijoki, CEO of HY+
Unnikrishnan S Kurup, Co-founder and partner of VentureVillage, and Kimmo Kärpijoki, CEO of HY+

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the STEM Education online programme or other services offered by the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+, please don’t hesitate to contact our International Business Development Manager Minna Saadé:

+358 50 311 5814
minna.saade @hyplus.fi

What is HY+?

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