#3: Teachers’ Perspective & The Challenges In The Path Towards Holistic Learning

As per Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015 (an annual survey done by Pearson, the World’s leading learning company, that aims to voice the opinion of the teaching community in India), teachers seek changes to the traditional ways of teaching to adapt to the changing dynamics in the learning ecosystem:

–  57% teachers believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment.

–  There’s a collective call by teachers (75%) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring.

– They urge for industrial training of teachers (44%) to impact employability of Indian students.

– Majority (66%) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77%) and bundled multimedia content (51%) as the key initiatives.

– Majority (52%) believe that India’s Education Assessment Framework lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education.

This clearly depicts that trainers, just like parents and students of today, are seeking progressive changes.

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The Challenges In The Path To Holistic Learning

According to a primary research done by Pearson that collated information from Indian schools on the basic challenges they faced in creating a holistic network for learning were as follows:

–   Lack of integrated tools inside the classroom which leads to reduction in the overall efficacy of the classroom teaching and learning.

–   Absence of an inter-disciplinary approach that helps builds stronger concepts and skills that last for life.

–     Learning tends to stop when the school gets over.

–     Parents are inquisitive to know what is happening inside the classrooms.

–     Assessment is still at a level of ‘Do more. Work hard.’

To tackle these challenges, with MyPedia, teachers are armed with a digital content & complete assessment/activity kit, so they can conduct activities smoothly, and measure the learning outcomes accurately.

Accepting New Methods of Learning & Teaching

The current education styles are mainly guided by the principle that passing a grade ensures complete learning of that level. A deeper introspection of what really fulfils the learning experience of a child is required. It is important to understand the nuances of the learning curve taken by each child. Any system that compels students to belong to a certain dominant lobby can suppress the spirit of innovation.

For students to evolve into skilled professionals of tomorrow, they need to be able to operate in a free atmosphere, exercise choices with a certain level of independence to shape their own lives. The idea is to look beyond the pass-fail binary. We don’t need just engineers, doctors and learners who attain the highest scores in an examination.

To put India truly on the global forefront, we need to nurture innovators, thinkers, philosophers, leaders and writers–to list a few–reflecting the diverse aspirations and dreams of a developing nation. For this, we need to establish newer ways of approaching education and reLauren_Rolwing_girl_reading_book_RGBdefine learning. MyPedia aims to implement these reforms, which are essential for smooth transitioning of students to skilled professionals of tomorrow.  

The first step to get closer to the vision of holistic learning is to embrace new methods of learning and teaching. It is important to familiarize teachers with newer concepts and different structures of delivering education.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach will further substantiate classroom education and support holistic development of children as well as teachers. Introducing a framework of continuous assessments, regular and real-time feedback can drastically improve the performance of students and help them identify their interests early in life.

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Introducing Soul To The Experience of Learning

We are constantly learning and unlearning concepts in an environment where information access and knowledge are in abundance. In such a dynamic set-up, it is important that one is well-versed with the basic fundamentals of several disciplines. Across sectors, adaptability, critical reasoning and creativity are among some of the highly valued skills

The most pragmatic approach to develop these qualities in students is to catch them young and foster these skills at an early age in their classrooms. Integrating teaching tools into a scientific process of learning is one of the most effective ways to build strong and everlasting layers of skills and concepts in tender minds.

Famous Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright, critic and socialist, George Bernard Shaw said:

My schooling not only failed to teach what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.

While Shaw pointed this out in 19th century, the state of affairs for education is so that millions would still relate to his story. Hence most academic experts would agree that going beyond strBen-Wiseman_brain_thumprint_arrows_RGBuctured curriculum and syllabus is need of the hour. Uncomplicated and personalised learning is the key to producing innovative thinkers of tomorrow.

It is imperative, therefore, that we embrace practices that help children break away from the monotony of rote learning. Integrated studies help children view concepts from the lens of multiple disciplines, understand and see them as they would be in real life and hence apply them adequately. This in-turn captures the interest of students as well as increases their engagement and productivity levels.

This approach also opens up windows of endless possibilities in the thought-process of a child, weaving layers of knowledge with a solid understanding of concepts. It also allows children to paint a realistic yet buoyant picture about the world and all that is there to it, without making the process a herculean task.

MyPedia is one such integrated learning tool, which is consistently working towards realising this goal and aims to transform the education delivery in schools.

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10 Study Tips For GATE 2016 Aspirants

In today’s competitive market, everyone is looking for course or a degree to give an edge to their career. Cracking the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is considered prestigious for undergraduate engineers.

GATE has become an important doorway for aspirants who are looking for a Masters in the technical and research field. The minimum eligibility criteria for any candidate to appear for GATE is to have a graduate degree in any subject like BSc, BTech, B.Pharm, BA etc.

Now when you know the importance of GATE, the next question you will ask is, how to crack it? The only way to crack it is to study hard and keep yourself focused.

Here are top 10 exclusive tips which can help you crack this prestigious exam called GATE 2016:

  1. GATE is not a syllabus-based exam. It’s an assessment of your understanding of concepts and its practical application when required. It’s important to understand the concept well and practice the questions accordingly.
  2. GATE assesses your approach towards a particular problem. Therefore, if you find your answer taking more than 8 steps, change your strategy to solve that problem.
  3. GATE questions are tricky to answer, which will require you to work on your speed and accuracy when you are preparing for this competitive exam.
  4. After completing every topic, develop a habit of checking your performance with previous year model test papers. Make notes, and use flashcards for quick revision.
  5. Use innovative and intuitive ways to solve problems. It’s not necessary to solve every question. Try to solve one problem in as many ways as possible. Device your own tips and tricks to reach a correct answer. This will also boost your speed and accuracy.
  6. Understand the importance of positive thinking. Set your goals (e.g; like the institute you want to join, the reference books you want to use, the study schedule you want to follow, etc.) and engrave it at the back of your mind to keep you motivated. Remember that believing in your goals will take you one step closer to it.
  7. Keep working on your doubts and queries, even if it’s your last day of preparation. Doubts will help build your concept and confidence to solve it.
  8. Preparing for GATE is a rigorous process. So keep yourself focused. Develop an aptitude, attitude, concentration level for the next 4-6 months, enough to get into IISC or IITs.
  9. Select course books for your preparation and stick to those. Don’t pick up new reference books at the last minute as it’s bound to cause confusion. Instead, focus on studying the selected books cover to cover. This will help you develop an intuition before solving any question–whether you can answer it or not.
  10. Pearson’s GATE Series, authored by a group of highly-experienced faculty who train GATE students, and are also subject matter experts. Extra care has been taken to present the content in a modular and systematic manner–to facilitate easy understanding of all topics.

For the GATE 2016 aspirant, this series is a one-stop comprehensive solution for your complete GATE preparation:
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BONUS TIP: Stay relaxed and calm before the final paper. 🙂 GATE is a tough exam to crack but it is not impossible. With the Pearson Young Achievers Program, you can gain a focused and step-by-step guidance to achieve your goal.

 

 

Pearson – Voice of Teacher Survey 2015

September is a month of teachers, and on this occasion, the teaching community has collectively voiced their opinion on the employability quotient of the Indian students and gave critical recommendations for the formulation of New Education Policy to enable Education for Employment, through the Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015. This is the 3rd edition of the annual survey. Untitled

  • Teachers (57%) believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment
  • Collective call by teachers (75%) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring
  • Urge for industrial training of teachers (44%) to impact employability of Indian students
  • Majority (66%) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77%) and bundled multimedia content (51%) key initiatives
  • High costs (38%) and lack of infrastructure and maintenance (23%) seen as foremost challenges for technology adoption at educational institutions

The survey carries significant insights and possible solutions from teachers that can aid the Government’s deliberations on themes such as Employability, Industry collaborations and integration of ICT in the framework for the New Education Policy.

With teachers considering 57% of the Indian students to be educated but not adequately prepared for employment, the survey respondents strongly called for increased industry academia collaboration, particularly for course restructuring (75%), to help boost employability. Interestingly, the teaching community (44%) expressed the need for industry training of teachers in addition to merit-based industry internships (48%) for students.

Teachers’ Perspective at State level:

“Percentage of students that lack the skills adequate for employment”

  • Highest:     Haryana – 67%
  • Lowest:     Uttar Pradesh – 49%

“Current Assessment framework provides specific action items to teachers & parents”

  • Highest agreement from Karnataka (61%)
  • Lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi (32%)

“High cost is a challenge in technology adoption”

  • Highest agreement from Gujarat (46%)
  • Lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi (25%)

“Our education system is providing holistic education to students”

  • Teachers in Karnataka (69%) agree the most
  • Teachers in NCT of Delhi (45%) agree the least

Announcing the survey, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India, said,

“Being the world’s largest learning organization, Pearson has taken an initiative to engage with the teachers to bring-out the topical issues facing Indian education sector and suggest measures to transform the learning landscape in the country. We are glad that the platform is gaining relevance among the teaching community and this is evident from the growing participation of teachers every year.

Indian Government has shown intent to build greater industry-academia partnership by proposing a consultative theme in the National Education Policy framework. We are glad that the teachers have not only collectively validated this idea of industry-academia collaboration but offered a specific solution of curriculum restructuring.”  

52% of the respondents believe that India’s Education Assessment Framework lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education. Dissatisfaction with the assessment system in India is much higher at Higher Education level (60%) than School level (43%).

“Assessments play an important role in giving teachers and parents the right benchmarks to follow for personalized learning and better learning outcomes of students. In the New education policy, teachers expect a more robust assessment framework.” added Mr. Mehrotra

For integration of ICT in the education system, teachers across India recommend provision of computer and internet connectivity across institutions (66%) and installation of smart boards (62%) as key requirements. However, teachers consider high cost of technology installation (38%) and lack of infrastructure & maintenance (23%) as the biggest challenges for technology adoption at educational institutions.

“It is great to see widespread acceptance for technology adoption as well digital education tools across the learning curve. Going by the survey findings, there may be a case for the government to consider introducing technology subsidization schemes for educational institutes”, commented Mr. Mehrotra.

However the silver lining of the findings showed in teachers’ belief (60%) that India’s education system is providing comprehensive and holistic education (subject knowledge along with social, creative, physical and ethical) to learners. However, teachers at higher-education level are less convinced with the existing system’s ability to provide holistic education (51%) vis-à-vis counterparts at school level (72%).

To facilitate transition from ‘subject-based learning’ to ‘holistic learning’, teachers across India ranked appropriate continuous assessments of students’ performance (47%) better integration of technology & digital content into teaching methodology (44%) and linkage between concepts across subjects/discipline (43%) as the most effective ways.

Released on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey is an annual initiative of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. The survey focuses on key challenges facing the Education sector in India and shares teachers’ perspective on the changing dynamics of the ecosystem.

The survey, fielded in July 2015 – August 2015 represents the views of 5,387 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 527 cities and towns in India. One of the leading strategic market intelligence consultancies in Asia Pacific region – Spire Research and Consulting – partnered with Pearson for the survey.

Indian students are educated, but not employment ready, this calls for transformation through industry collaborated curriculum: Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015.

Download the VOT 2015 Report: http://bit.ly/1UL0uUh

10 Ways To Raise A Child With A Creative Mind

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As a parent it’s only natural to want your child to reach their full intellectual and creative potential. While doing well in academics will without a doubt give your child a huge advantage all their lives–what’s more important is that they derive lifelong joy from learning, exploration and natural curiosity.

Raising a child with a creative bent of mind can be both challenging and fun for young parents. The first step is to understand that creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and one that you can help your kids develop through the years.

Here’s how you can start:–

  • Find answers together. As your child grows older, they will ask questions that you might not necessarily have the answers to. Rather than guessing the answer, a better response is, “I don’t know” and add, “Let’s find the correct answer.” Then you could do some research with your child in order to find the answer.
  • Teach them how to cook. Cooking, and especially baking, is an incredibly creative process. Once your kids learn the basics–making cookies or frying an omelet–let them experiment. Don’t correct them beforehand unless they are endangering themselves, others or your kitchen. By experimenting and seeing what happens, they will learn a valuable creative process.
  • Encourage them to make mistakes and fail. If your child is afraid of failure and judgment, it will curb their creative thoughts. Tell them about the mistakes you’ve made recently, so they get the idea that it’s okay to mess up. Laughing at yourself when you do is a happiness habit that will take your child a long way.
  • Encourage them to participate in the arts and read for pleasure. Limit their TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like acting out a play, reading fiction, learning to sketch, crafting knick-knacks for the house, designing their own clothes, etc.
  • Provide them with resources that will help in creative expression. You can start off with having a basic inventory of art supplies at home–blank papers, crayons, oil paints, fresh markers, glue sticks, etc.
  • Designate a space for them to use–their study table for crafting/painting or a corner in the family room for their Lego, where they are free to make their creative mess.
  • Provide them with unstructured playtime. Instead of telling your child what activity you want them to do, let them take the lead. Your child needs the “white canvas” time in their day where it’s completely up to them to CREATE the activity they want to do.
  • Take them outside! There’s no greater source of inspiration than the great outdoors. Cut out the computer/TV/video-gaming time, by taking your child to the park, the zoo, or a heritage site on the weekends. Encourage them to use their visit as inspiration for their next project–a short story, drawing, poetry or skit.
  • Don’t correct immediately. Ask why instead. If your child pronounces a word wrong or uses bad manners at a dinner party, don’t immediately correct them. Ask them “why do you think that?” or “why did you do that?” instead. You will teach them how to question things this way, which is important for a creative mind.
  • Get creative yourself! No one understands your child’s personality and interests better than you. So, don’t hold back when encouraging them or gently nudging them towards intellectual and creative pursuits that are best suited for them.

With these fun steps you can raise a child who’s intellectually creative, excited about learning and curious on every level–for the long haul. 🙂

Pearson India Wins At The Indian Education Awards 2015

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We’re excited to share some great news with you! Pearson India has won at the Indian Education Awards 2015 for the 2nd consecutive year at the glorious ceremony held at Vivanta by Taj in Delhi on June 10 and 11, 2015.

The awards conferred were in 3 categories, namely, Best Educational Use of Social Media, Best Education Webinar Series, and Best Vocational Training Institute of the Year. The awards were received at an event brimming with the nation’s best minds, intellectuals and entrepreneurs in the education sector.

Known as Asia’s biggest education show, the Indian Education Awards 2015 by Franchise India draw attention to best practices and promote innovation to capture consumer interest, and aid the growth of the Indian Education Sector.

The jury considers standards, ethics and best practices at the top of their agenda. Through positive recognition of those that lead the way, the Indian Education Awards are seen as the education industry’s top accolade. As India’s foremost publisher education segment, we at Pearson India, proud to receive this honour.

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