Schoolteachers will now have an opportunity to work as researchers and present papers based on their experiences. Nearly 60 teachers from Maharashtra have been shortlisted to present their research papers at a conference in Delhi on November 13.
Organised by the NCERT, CBSE board and teacher development organisation, TeacherSity, the conference aims to bridge the gap between research and classroom practice.
“The point is to provide a platform for teachers to voice their concerns,” said Shabda Birfani Bedi, director, educational research and design at TeacherSity. “So far, educators and experts have been speaking at conferences about what teachers should do. But often these don’t help teachers address practical problems on the ground.”
The organisers received more than 500 paper presentation proposals from school teachers across the country of which 400 have been shortlisted. Finalists will be mentored while writing and presenting their papers.
“(This) is an arrangement for mentoring and helping school teachers intellectually engage with the practices of teaching, research into the intricacies of practice, develop a theory based on the experiences and practices, and put the same in the form of a research paper,” states a circular from the NCERT.
The organisers invited papers based on 10 themes including continuous evaluation, who is a teacher, the significance of co-scholastic areas and subject-specific innovations.
Nearly 100 of the papers that teachers will present deal with the various changes afoot as a result of the continuous comprehensive evaluation that the CBSE and state boards have taken up in the wake of the Right To Education Act.
“Clearly, this is a teacher concern, and we wanted to provide a national stage for them to share their reflections on all these changes,” said Dev Pathak, the convenor of the conference.
“How do we sustain such reforms? Only if we move beyond the policy documents to the actual implementation,” Pathak added.