Early Childhood Education

For several decades now most in-service teacher training initiatives have focused on subject- knowledge – euphemistically called hard spots. This phenomenon dates back to the DPEP days (1994 onwards) when there was a massive push through of the project to strengthen in-service teacher training. As a result, state project offices hired experts to design training modules for teachers.

Primarily a child who comes to the school must always be the prime focus in any education system. Lot has been said about ‘child centered’ education but what does it mean? In fact it has been left to the teachers’ discretion to define it in their own way. The child invariably gets mixed signals as there are pretty many teachers & their idiosyncracies to negotiate per year, each year.
 

Saraswati, a 20-year old mother of two from rural Madhya Pradesh hopes that her children can finish eight-years of schooling unlike her. Kishan Jatav a twelve-year old wanted to become a ‘space scientist’ like Abdul Kalam but had to drop out of school in Class VI to help his brother run a bicycle repair shop.

The teacher has become crucial to strengthening of the educational process and development. There has been ample research to show that the nature, motivation and the capability of the teacher to engage and involve children is critical to learning.

This article explores the role of beauty in science education. The authors use research in science education to highlight the importance of teachers consciously making connections to aesthetic aspects in science. Caring about beauty in science can inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity among students.

When we think about the teacher, images of students, classrooms and schools spring up in the mind. We talk about the number of students the teacher teaches, the furniture and teaching aids in the classroom, the type of school, small or large, and the like. These we understand as the context in which the teacher works, and we are aware that the context influences the manner in which the teacher teaches.

Setting the context

All these years was a struggle to find out if there is a patttern of what goes into making a good school. I want to share here how the process unfolded itself from trying to find out elements or a pattern that make a good school, to understanding that there cannot be a single reason or element that makes a good school to slowly being able to get some, very minimal understanding I should confess, of two elements that emerge from the schools we have been engaged for more than a decade. Not a new thing for the field of education , but for us it has been a hard earned learning.

Reading is making meaning from print. It requires that we:

The other day I had a wonderful interaction with children to whom life had deprived everything and yet were attending “school”. I was learning that they have to work harder in “reconciling” what the education tends to teach and the “harsh realities” they witness each day in their own homes and surroundings. For them education is also about helping them break away from their past (and present) and usher a better future while delicately not letting their innocence fade away in knowing those harsher truths.

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