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Caring for students: Anjum Sibia, Reader in Psychology at NCERT (left) and others at a conference in Bangalore on Monday.
Caring for students: Anjum Sibia, Reader in Psychology at NCERT (left) and others at a conference in Bangalore on Monday.

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Meet on social and emotional environment of students being held

Bangalore: Students’ feelings and emotions impact their learning ability to a certain extent, according to a research study headed by Anjum Sibia, Reader in Psychology at the National Council for Educational Research and Training.

Ms. Sibia presented a few details of her paper titled “Caring for students’ feelings” at the three-day national conference on the social and emotional environment of students, organised by The Teacher Foundation, here on Monday.

Maya Menon from the foundation said that the conference aims to be a forum for academics and researchers, officials of government department, school administrators and classroom practitioners to come together and share their ideas, experiences and concerns with a concerted view to making schools gentler and happier places of learning.

About the research, she said it was taken up with an objective to attempting to understand students’ emotions influencing their learning as perceived by them in the context of self, home, peers and schools. The NCERT research was taken up in five regions in the country, with a sampling of over 1,000 students from classes seven, nine and 11 in each region.

The tools of the research were open-ended questions, critical incidents and incomplete sentences. According to the interim findings of the research, students express a wide range of emotions in relation to learning. They express different categories of emotions with differing frequencies. The research also showed that positive emotions, such as joy and interest, arose in safe contexts. Also, among students of classes nine and 11, boys expressed more feelings, both positive and negative, than girls. She said that the research showed that amongst all the different feelings of students, the most sighted feeling was linked to teacher behaviour.

A short film titled ‘Shades of our schools’ by Gautam Sonti was screened on the occasion. The film captured the interactions that happen between teachers and students in classrooms, playgrounds, corridors and staff rooms.

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