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Phenomena-based learning: a pedagogy of curiosity and hope

Nov 15 - Nov 30, 2021

$300 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 3.30 pm to 5.00pm


Delivery mode

Online - a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event



This learning event is right for you if you are a primary or lower middle years educator who wants to improve their confidence in science teaching, or to make science more engaging for these younger learners.



'PhenoBL' is based on the principle that learning in school should be anchored in real world phenomena that cross discipline boundaries, and are identified by the learners as relevant to them. Starting with the 2016/17 school year, Finnish schools mandated that all students from the ages of 7 to 16 participate in phenomenon based learning projects every year. In the USA, the new Next Generation Science Standards are based on natural phenomena. At Reshaping Schools we are seeing this new PBL as a way to maintain a sense of play and curiosity in students of all ages.

This workshop has three focus points:

  1. identifying phenomena that engage students whilst still addressing requirements of state curricula
  2. using phenomena as an authentic way to merge science and engineering practices into interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary units of inquiry
  3. how science ‘talk’ and ‘modelling’ develop deep understanding of science principles.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework                                                 
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                   


Key takeaways               

  • understanding of the role of phenomena to engage inquiry
  • use of curiosity in science education
  • learnings from the Next Generation Science Standards
  • tools to widen the scope of STEM or STEAM and create a pedagogy of hope
  • increased understanding of the importance of science ‘talk’ and science ‘modelling’.


Presenter information

Dr Marcia Behrenbruch               

Dr Marcia Behrenbruch has over 30 years experience in Primary, Middle and Upper Secondary education. She has lived and worked in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam and Singapore. In addition to international school experience, she worked for the International Baccalaureate as Head of Global Professional Development for the Primary Years Programme and as Head of School Services, supporting the IB continuum of international education from 3 to 19 years of age. Marcia completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of British Columbia in Canada, her Bachelor of Education and Masters at Monash University in Melbourne and her Doctorate at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


Her book: ‘Dancing in the Light: Essential elements for an inquiry classroom’ is on the reading list for many universities worldwide.

$P(2000)  $B