Chapattis and the challenges of educational change

Nair, Shashi (2013) Chapattis and the challenges of educational change. Learning Curve (21). pp. 17-19.

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There are three critical overarching aspects to consider when we look at educational change:‘what’,‘how’ and ‘who’. We need to be clear about what is worth changing. For instance, we must ensure that all teachers are in class and teaching. Obviously we need to do a lot more than that! The ‘what’ involves changing the practices of individuals, institutions, and the system, because as long as they continue to do what they currently do, nothing will change for the better. But the ‘what’ is a lot easier to talk about than to actually execute. How do we, for instance, ensure that all teachers are in class and teaching? How do we bring about this change in practice? We could send out a government order, but experience tells us that it does not work. We could police the teachers, but we do not have enough people to do this. Even if we did, we can never be sure that they are going about their teaching with commitment and motivation. In fact, research from around the world shows that most attempts to enforce external accountability have failed! To address this problem, as well as the many other changes in practice that need to be brought about, we need three sets of abilities:

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Nair, Shashi
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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