All stake holders will agree that the need of the hour is to improve the learning levels amongst students, standard of education and quality of teachers. The need of the hour is interventions in education.
There are several stake holders trying to work towards finding the right way forward. There is work happening in building newer techniques of teaching, teacher training modules, even the infrastructure and design of school premise. One must also look at Assessments – an integral part of our education system, as a possible intervention to reform education.
Assessment of learning achieved by students helps the cause of introducing improved educational intervention by providing a powerful ‘data–driven’ basis. This aids diagnoses for further learning and steps for improvement. It provides insights into the existing learning gaps for students to learn better, teachers to teach better, and schools, groups carrying out educational interventions and decision- makers to operate more effectively.
Educational interventions using such assessments will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the programme and the gaps for further improvement in an unbiased manner. It also fosters accountability and addresses concerns of quality and equity and help in positively engaging the community.
Educational Initiatives (EI) is hosting a day-long seminar addressing this very thought – Can Assessments Improve Educational Interventions? This is the next seminar in the series of seminar organised by EI on the topic ‘Ensuring Quality Education, Not Just Schooling – For All’ on December 8, 2011 (Thursday) at Amaltas, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Speakers at the seminar are experts working in the education sector and representatives from EI who would look deeply into the issue and come up with suggestions and ways to make an impact into the critical issue of improving student learning through assessments and interventions.
The invited speakers include Mr Pankaj Jain, Head – Community Development Project at GyanShala; Ms Vandana Goyal, CEO – The Akanksha Foundation and Ms Neetu Sharma, Head Operations for the Urban Development Programme, Navjyoti. Also present will be Mr Sridhar Rajagopalan, the founder and managing director, Mr Sandeep Saha, vice president – Strategic Relations and Ms Vyjayanthi Sankar, vice president – Large Scale Assessment at Educational Initiatives.
Through this conference, we will try to deliberate upon several thoughts like:
– Children going to schools and being taught – but their actual learning and understanding of the concepts?
– How much they retain? Are they learning at a superficial level?
– What do children at different levels of the attainment know and are able to do?
Registration for this conference is open. The seminar is free of cost. You can register for the seminar by clicking on http://bit.ly/EIworkshop
Established in 2001, Educational Initiatives believes in making a difference in education through personalized learning and ensuring that students learn with understanding.
EI has over 15 years of expertise in education, with a deep understanding of child psychology and efficient methods of teaching, based on detailed research and a formidable database of student learning through ASSET.
Our detailed research has proven that children today respond to rote-based questions relatively well, however, they fail to answer unfamiliar or application based questions due to unclear core concepts.
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