05 September 2012

Paradigm of Learning

Information/data does not Guarantee Learning 

Modern day humans tend to Think that if people are given all the Books and Tools for Learning they Students will Grow & Learn in Life.
Not all students are Self-starters and Passionate for Learning.

Teachers.... impart Inspiration

In the digital age of the 21st century, the role of the teacher has changed but remains crucial, even indispensable. 
There is a flood of information available today and the teacher is no longer the depository of information or even knowledge. But this has led to a superficiality that will damage the world if not addressed. Students cannot distinguish between the insignificant and the important.

So while the banking philosophy is no longer relevant in education, the constructivist philosophy which acknowledges that new knowledge is being created in the classroom, requires the guidance of the elder, the more experienced, the expert, who will ensure depth and wisdom. 
That is why the teacher is so necessary.

But most importantly, the teacher is needed as an example of lived values - with an integrity that inspires. Values are caught, not taught - and a good teacher is able to provoke critical reflection on the deeper issues of life, by living a set of values that rub off on her charges. A teacher is still needed to create the future.
( article by - Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas  SJ)

students will demand more interactive mobile learning activities from us, and hope that we will meet that challenge creatively. In Globalized World Competition is fierce. Its Survival of the fittest, Businesses need
 skilled workforce that is responsive to emerging market & is equipped with knowledge of advanced technologies. Educational Institutes are not equipped to handle this Aggressiveness....Then How to solve this Issue??? 

  • Its possible to Design a curriculum and have Courses that instill .Long-Term Learning in students. instead of focusing on the subject we can shift from content-centered approach to a learning-centered approach
  • Create a course that will result in student possessing a  Thinking Ability
  • what is understanding and how does it differ from knowing?

we can also Develop course goals and learning objectives for the specific courses and also decide on How to measure our Learning success such that we are clear on How well our planning of inculcating Critical Thinking and Deep Learning is creating Wonders or Failures.

Most vital observation from the Research states that maximum results were found wherein a Teacher Created a learning Environment where his students not only responded with Thoughtful Answers, but also actively participate
by asking questions, start the process of self-Inquiry....all in a playful manner, we can Develop different kinds of questions for a variety of purposes and Cognitive levels ( some are quick learners while some moderates & some slow) 
  • Students when engaged in active learning take more responsibility for their learning and use higher levels of thinking, such as analysis and generalization.
  • Active learning can include activities where student are involved in doing, seeing, writing, feeling and talking.
  • We all want our students to go beyond knowing facts and concepts to develop critical thinking skills.
  •  Will they be prepared to solve real-world problems where they will have to be
  1.  self-directed,
  2.  work in teams,
  3.  do oral presentations,
  4.  think creatively & analytically?
  •  A very effective strategy is to incorporate real-life (authentic) problems.
  • An active learning approach that provides insight about WHAT and HOW your students learn.
  • Dual Combination: Passion for Subject & passion for Teaching

    They frequently assess through a variety of ways their students learning and the effectiveness of their teaching.

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