“School could be modernised through learning together, believe education and communications experts who have published a book on the subject. In their proposed model, groups of pupils solve problems together while teachers provide encouragement and advice. The approach develops social skills, promotes the joy of learning and fosters a sense of community. Everybody wins.”
Kotimaa , 28.1.2016
Buddyschool is a new approach to organising the school learning environment, created in response to the objectives set in the new national core curriculum. Buddyschool is based on a peer learning process, in which younger pupils are taught by older ones.
Studies have shown that peer learning is a very effective way of learning. Its effectiveness has been found to be significant in achieving knowledge-based learning outcomes, increasing motivation, developing self-direction and interaction skills, comfort at school and establishing general readiness for working life.
Peer learning helps strengthen a range of skills among pupils, such as reading, writing and interaction skills. In addition to this, peer learning strengthens pupils’ level of activity, readiness to take responsibility and self-esteem. The approach also improves the school atmosphere in a new, happy and community-based way. Improved comfort at school, in turn, has a positive impact on pupils’ learning outcomes, thus improving their future prospects.
The aim of the Buddyschool approach is to improve pupils’ learning outcomes, social skills and comfort at school while also supporting young people’s employment and creating permanent models for remedial teaching and learning in basic education.
Older pupils who serve as peer instructors receive certificates for their participation, which benefit them upper secondary education and when applying for summer jobs. Serving as peer instructors also provides pupils with valuable work experience. The operating method is tailored to the needs of each school. The activities can be adapted to all kinds of situations. Due to its flexibility, the approach is easy to test and adapt to the needs of different learners.
Are constructed of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and will. Growing as a human being, studying, working and operating as a citizen now and in the future requires competences that transcend and combine different types of knowledge and skills.
(National Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014.)