This special issue on Science education deals with a range of science-related topics, emphasizing the importance of connecting the learning that takes place in the classroom to the experiences outside.


Often, children imitate their teachers at home when playing with their friends. Parents can take advantage and provide a canvas blackboard for the child. The parent can play the role of the student while the child has the thrill of explaining the subject. Teachers too can make effective use of this canvas blackboard to prepare their lessons in advance.

Is it possible to sensitise teachers, parents and students to the need to make learning situations emotionally wholesome? Firstly, schools need to pay attention to the social relationships in the classroom. Children who encounter positive and supportive emotional environments at home and school are more likely to grow up to be sensitive adult citizens. Education has to be a holistic process that nurtures sensitive and responsible human beings, not mere economic agents.

Teachers and students need to nurture each other, help each other to think for themselves and not be content with received answers. Most students are just mirrors— they reflect what the teacher teaches. But a few students are windows—they bring light to the subject. The whole purpose of education is for both teachers and students to metamorphose into windows.

Getting children to work on projects, makes for an interesting move away from banal routine of class work. There are several purposes that a class project achieves. Apart from learning about a particular topic, children also learn to bond with each other and work together as a team. For both the teacher and the students, a project will reveal the many different ways in which a topic can be absorbed by the human mind.

Every child, through mere intuition develops a lot of misconceptions about various phenomena. Merely telling a child how a certain phenomenon works will not drive the point home, because intuitions are always stronger. It is important for the science teacher to bring these intuitions out and break them by allowing children to observe and reason.

When the teacher makes a provision in his classroom teaching, in the assessment and feedback process, for different kinds of students in his class, the overall learning of the subject is enhanced for all.

There are three basic terms that occur everywhere in education. By changing the definition of these three terms, one can get an insight into Krishnamurti’s approach. This prepares the teacher not just to teach, but to question the basis on which teaching takes place. These terms are learning, discipline and intelligence.

Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor and popularizer of science for kids. Creating simple toys out of trash and everyday goods, he illustrates principles of science and design in a memorably hands-on fashion. He works at the Children's Science Centre in Pune, India. He's the author of numerous books available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages, including Little Toys, Science from Scrap, and Science Skills & Thrills: The Best of Arvind Gupta.


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