critical enquiry

Imagine a Social Studies class in which the desks have been pushed together to make groups of about 5 students. In each group the students are busy discussing with each other, peering into atlases, searching through an index, and noting down their friends’ opinions.

Observation should become the foundation for learning biology. Children need to be moved outdoors for learning. Instead of textbooks, there should be classroom libraries, and perhaps, textbooks should be discarded altogether. Importantly, children need to be given time for learning.

Action research is a holistic method to problem solving rather than a single method for collecting and analyzing data. It helps answers questions such as — how can teachers learn from their own work of teaching? How can they encourage critical inquiry among students? How can teachers or administrators be participants in generating change? Through action research, teachers become aware of themselves as both the products and producers of history.

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