Category Archives: Alternative Education

Physical exercise may help kids study better, say researchers

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY makes Jack a dull boy, goes an old adage. It may, after all, be true, says a group of researchers at the Vrije Universiteit University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The researchers, led by Dr. Amika Singh, conducted a study to find out whether there is any link between… Read More »

What all you need to know about conceptual learning

Conceptual learning, also known as concept learning, refers to a learning method through which, students are trained to classify and organize information according to their mental logical structures. This method puts equal emphasis on the construction and acquisition of knowledge. The construction of knowledge enables a student to depend on what is familiar to him/her… Read More »

Experiments in education

Perhaps the first experimentation in India’s education sector happened with the foundation of ‘Visva Bharati’ by Rabindranath Tagore. The university has mentored some great minds like Indira Gandhi, Amartya Sen, just to name a few. However, there are some newer experiments (although western) like Waldorf and Montessori in India at the school level. The purpose… Read More »

Visual Learning: The Long Overdue Revolution

Several published materials on visual learning dedicated reams of paper explaining the ‘left brain –right brain’ theory. Apparently, our language skills (verbal and text) align to the left side (logical) of the brain, while pictures align to the right side (creative) of the brain. According to visual learning, an academic concept explained through a combination… Read More »

Shifting focus from schooling to learning

India boasts of its education system and it has created necessary infrastructure, such as constructing buildings, hiring teachers, and so on, to support the system. With a reasonably sound system in place, educators feel that it is now time to bring a shift in focus from the system to learning. How can this shift be… Read More »

Can formal education shape individuality?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This quote of wisdom (from Albert Einstein) provides a simple yet profound interpretation about the human personality and its inborn uniqueness. An individual’s personality is shaped throughout… Read More »

The evolution of learning

Over the years, learning has evolved to help people understand better and remember longer. The following are various steps of learning evolution. Learning by hearing: Ancient India had the Gurukul system, where lessons were spoken by the Guru and students learned by listening. Learning by seeing, hearing, and doing: In the traditional setting, schools use… Read More »

Why You Should Put Your Child in a Montessori Preschool

When it comes to early learning and early schooling, parents may consider the Montessori method, as the techniques used in the method are well-researched. The following are some benefits associated with Montessori schooling: Focus is on the key developmental stages The Montessori method focuses on the main developmental stages in a child between 3-5 years.… Read More »

Technology-enabled quality education is an absolute must

According to the Dakar Framework for Action, which was adopted by the World Education Forum at Dakar in 2000, education—a fundamental human right—is essential not only for sustainable development but also for peace as well as stability within and between various nations. Quality and the adoption of technology are the primary objectives of “Education For… Read More »