DIET to evaluate classroom transactions

The exercise will try to gauge the competency of teachers in adapting to the curriculum.

Published - August 05, 2013 12:31 pm IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Thiruvananthapuram, will embark on a study to analyse how far classroom transactions remain true to the prescribed curriculum in primary schools in the district.

The three-month study, to begin this month, will evaluate the level of competency of teachers to adapt to the curriculum and effectiveness of field-level transactions in schools.

A five-member team will be visiting 10 schools in the government and aided sectors in each sub-district as part of the study, taken up under the Department of Curriculum Material Development and Evaluation, DIET. “The State has been ranked high for its school curriculum but when it comes to field-level transactions and adapting to the prescribed teaching methods, our performance is low. The study is to understand the shortcomings and propose suggestions to build this gap, which can enhance the quality of education”, said Kesavan Potty, Principal, DIET, Thiruvananthapuram.

In the study, the mode of application of primary-level curriculum will be compared to that of the national curriculum to get an overall picture of the State’s performance.

“There is an increasing need to analyse the problems faced by practising teachers to get a complete picture. Sometimes, teachers follow textbook-based teaching while the curriculum mandates on activity-based learning. This might be out of habit or due to lack of understanding about the methodology. Here, teachers can open up on the problems they face in adapting to the methods”, said Mohammed Kabir, a DIET official.

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