Nali Kali: enabling for learning: can more be done?

Gupta, Namita (2013) Nali Kali: enabling for learning: can more be done? Learning Curve (21). pp. 53-55.

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We all have an image of what a classroom looks like. It could be based on how we were taught, the classrooms our children may be in, or classrooms that we may be teaching in ourselves. In most cases, this classroom has a teacher talking with a group of children, who may be 25 to 50 in number. There is a blackboard, books and worksheets, and colourful charts and material on the walls, if the children are ‘lucky’. The government school version of this is expected to be similar, and in most cases, drabber. But lower primary classrooms in Karnataka government schools, and in fact, many other states, such as Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh etc. no longer look like this. They follow a multi-grade, multi-level activity based learning program, which is similar to a Montessori approach in many ways. In Karnataka, this program is called Nali Kali. This article is based on a four year evaluation of Nali Kali, carried out jointly by Prof Anjini Kochar, Stanford University, Catalyst Management Services, and Azim Premji Foundation. It was funded by Hewlet t Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gupta, Namita
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences
Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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