Transformative Interventions for Invoking Quality Innovativeness and Ethics in Education – this was the subject of Prof B P Sharma’s speech wherein he defined education as not being about “packing the human mind with information and knowledge as if it were a container.” Discussing the importance of enhancing critical and quality thinking, he also spoke about various techniques that could be used in the classroom to make learning more interesting, qualitative and deep. “Instead of using the lecture method, we should use the figurative method to teach in class. We could use the various modes of figurative languages or even metaphors to explain lessons.”
He went on to give an example to support his argument. “If, for example, a biology lecture is going on, and the teacher explains the function of the auto immunology system in a human body by saying that the infection is like a criminal and the white blood cells are the police, it would create an analogy in the mind of the children which would make it easier for them to understand and learn.”
Citing his own example, he talked about how there are times when he attends a lecture, finds it good but if someone asks him about it, he is unable to explain its features. This, he explained, was because the lecture could not reach the desired level of understanding. “Our body language and how we communicate is very important. It should be more figurative so it is easy to understand,” he reiterated.
Professor Sharma also spoke about how we are slowly getting distanced from our ethos, ethics and heritage. To improve the same, he suggested techniques of quoting our scriptures and discussing our histories to invoke a sense of pride in the students and motivate them to follow the values and ethics that have been followed for centuries now.
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