The world is ever changing and so is the psyche of the denizens that constitute it. Being more specific to the vast ocean of Education, the evolution in this field is evident as each year passes. New curriculum, new teaching and new methods of education shape the way in which students learn. To add to it, people are also learning from non-traditional classrooms like online platforms and search engines. As people have become more accepting towards new trends and concepts by broadening their horizons, this particular field has seen a great amount of progress across the globe. The hunger pangs to learn have only witnessed an upward sloping curve and there is abundant information to comply.
Various educational institutions including schools and colleges have come up with several learning methods for students for their intellectual development rather than going down the traditional road to impart knowledge. These methods garner more attention of students and make teachers facilitators in this unconventional process and become a part of the ‘learning’ centre too.
Some innovative methods in education practiced by several countries include Assumption Busting, Role Playing, Storyboarding, Decision Tree, Laddering, Fishbone etc. These make teaching and learning come under one roof where knowledge is managed creatively and remains enriching. At an international level, many countries are evaluating their education systems, breaking away from traditional teaching and imparting education through critical thinking and skill building.
The British brought about a dramatic curriculum change in their schools about two years ago. In an attempt ‘to catch up with the world’s best’, this new curriculum is said to have a stronger emphasis on skills such as essay writing, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and computer programming for students.
More recently, Finland has announced where studying ‘subjects’ has been replaced with studying ‘topics’. This has been undertaken to transform their education system. Helsinki, the capital city is at the forefront of the initiative. This will not only include more specific lessons by teachers but will also involve better participation by pupils. Instead of passively listening like a herd, a collaborative approach will be used where they will work in smaller units to tackle issues and improve their communication skills. Teachers have already started adapting to this reform.
On another level, Universities have also developed programs for the benefit of school students and the way in which they learn. The Big History Institute located in Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia introduces the concept of Big History is an attempt “to understand, in a unified and interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity” across 13.8 billion years! This means, it tells the story of the universe from the Big Bang to our complex modern societies by drawing on insights from disciplines such as astronomy, physics, biology, archaeology, history, and economics. What a great way to use inter-disciplinary approach to learning! Moreover, there is evidence to indicate that students improve their critical thinking and research skills as well. Co-founded by David Christian and Bill Gates, this program was piloted in six schools and now has growing networks of close to a 1000 schools globally!
There is an array of such educational institutes in different nations undertaking initiatives and projects to transform themselves and help their students excel in all spheres, thereby revolutionising learning and education. As this landscape continues to change dramatically, Study Networks aims to keep you posted on the most recent and path breaking concepts in learning, teaching and education at large.