What are the benefits of the Nordic approach to learning

Nowadays there is a big focus on the PISA tests done around the globe which compare educational systems. Do you know who ranks on top, every single time? Nordic educational institutions.

 

The Nordic model of education constantly receives global accolades for its results in academic achievement, student satisfaction and cognitive development. So how does it differ from other education models?

 

The top 5 benefits of the Nordic approach to learning are:

  1. Instead of solely prioritizing academic achievements, the Nordic model champions a holistic approach to learning, with the student at its core. Nordic schools don’t adopt arbitrary learning standards or assessments (in fact, most schools in Scandinavia don’t have centralized exams until age 16!) and instead focus on development in a broader sense. This holistic view of education promotes values such as autonomy, collaboration and play as a part of learning. 
  2. In the classroom, this translates into very flexible and collaborative lessons, where teachers can use the national curriculum to guide the class but are not bound by them. 
  3. School days are generally shorter too, in order to promote a school-life balance. This makes learning more efficient, while also leaving enough time for leisure as well as bonding time with family. 
  4. Students are also encouraged to think outside the box, explore their creativity and take risks, even if they get unexpected results. 
  5. But the most important aspect of the Nordic model is its emphasis on social learning, where students learn alongside one another in an inclusive environment while developing their social interaction, language and communication skills.


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