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Capacity Building Programme on Learning Outcomes for Elementary Teachers of Madrasa (Odisha)

Capacity Building Programme on Learning Outcomes for Elementary Teachers of Madrasa (Odisha)
(Research Report of PAC Programme 17:13)

Principal Investigators
Prof. Gowramma I P
Dr Elizabeth Gangmei
Year: 2018

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APPROACH PAPER

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”

Quality improvement in education encompasses the all-round development of learners. This requires a multi-pronged approach aiming at quality curriculum and its effective transaction in an enabling environment. The all-round development come when the child’s capacity to construct knowledge as a natural learner is recognized as central to the transaction of the curriculum, and the teacher’s primary role in learning process. The knowledge, skills, abilities, values thus gained, is an outcome of their engagement with the world around when they explore, respond, invent, and make meaning of it. It means that the focus has shifted to the process of learning. It envisages conceptual understanding as a continuous process, i.e., the process of deepening and enriching connections acquiring more layers of dispositions, emotions as an integral component of cognitive development, making meaning and developing the capacity of abstract thinking and reflection.

Learning outcomes are statements of what a learner has to know, understand and/or be able to demonstrate after the completion of process of learning. It is the ability demonstrated in learning which involves a performance in order to show learning that is relevant to life. It promotes the idea of the teacher as a part of the learning process wherein students actively involved in the planning and management of their own learning and take more responsibility as they progressively develop as an independent learner. It is important to note that studentcentered learning necessitates the use of learning outcomes as the logical approach. This produces an automatic focus on how learners learn and the design of effective learning environments. There is a cascade effect that links the learning outcomes, the selection of appropriate learning strategies and the development of suitable assessment techniques. A teacher as a mentor of student’s learning, needs to be made aware about various pedagogy in the process of child’s learning. This concern has been reflected in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE Act, 2009).

The system of education, therefore needs to ensure enabling conditions to allow each to learn and progress. This require a multi-pronged approach aiming at quality curriculum and its effective transaction in an enabling environment. Improving the quality of learning has consistently been in focus under the SSA and is in practice in all the schools. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, attitudes or values. Learning Outcomes Statements:

    • reflect broad conceptual knowledge and adaptive vocational and generic skills
    • reflect essential knowledge, skills or attitudes;
    • focus on results of the learning experiences;
    • reflect the desired end of the learning experience, not the means or the process;
    • represent the minimum performances that must be achieved to successfully complete a course or program.

Keeping in mind the importance of such learning outcomes, NCERT has developed a class wise learning outcomes in all the curricular areas of the elementary level and its pedagogical processes. The document is implemented from 2017-18 academic session in all the states and UTs and it is serving as a reference point for conducting achievement survey tool. It is pertinent to have teachers well versed with the learning outcome document so that they can effectively implement the pedagogical processes in their daily practice. Keeping in
view the pertinent issues in view a 5 days’ capacity building programme is organized from 20th to 24th January, 2019 at RIE, Bhubaneswar. The main objective of the programme is to empower Madrasa teachers on learning outcomes in all school subjects so as to enable them in the implementation of effective learning in their context. The programme is based on learning materials/modules developed along with framework and modalities of training during three days workshop from 14th to 16th Nov, 2018 at Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar. The module developed and transacted during this 5 days programme will be further refined to suit the needs of beneficiary and documented in the form of report for further use by the stakeholders.

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