Skills based curriculum seems to be the current silver bullet for curing educational ills of the country. The Ministry of Human Resource Development discussion note on new education policy wants to “revamp … our education system to make skill development an integral part of the curriculum at all stages.”

September 2007 Cover Story

Children often find it difficult to solve problems in the classroom, which can lead to silly errors being made. But are these mistakes made because of carelessness? Or is there another reason to explain why this occurs?

A theory of learning known as “cognitive load theory” can help shed light on why children make mistakes.

On John Dewey's birthday, here is an excerpt from  My Pedagogic Creed, his famous declaration concerning education first published in 1897. He believed that students thrive in an environment where they are allowed to experience and interact with the curriculum, and all students should have the opportunity to take part in their own learning.

Timely & timeless words from one of the finest advocates of child centered learning.

Over the summer, teachers reflect on the year and often redesign and perfect their teaching strategies and plans. In essence, they get back to the basics of what they believe is the best way to inspire learning in their students -- in other words, they revisit and refine their philosophy of education.

Today everyone is convinced of the importance of schooling and everyone wants the best education for their children. Yet there is some confusion about what constitutes the best or right kind of education. This confusion is compounded by the three streams of educational practice in our country:

It was a school holiday. Meena, Raju and their friend Sumi had finished all their chores, but it was too hot to play. Their one storybook had been read over and over again.

UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI) as a mass communication project aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that hamper the survival, protection and development of girls in South Asia. 


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