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DBT improves science education through research based teaching tools

Rapid fire:

  • Over thousand Star College teachers to be trained in 3 years
  • IISER Pune conducted first Research – based Pedagogical Tools workshop
  • Method to disseminate locally developed innovative methods in teaching
  • Supported by DBT and Newton Bhabha Fund
  • British Council to provide education experts from UK

DBT is supporting improvement of undergraduate science education by training teachers across India on research based teaching tools.

In a workshop titled “Multi-level Workshop on Research – based Pedagogical Tools to Improve Undergraduate Science Education in Indian Colleges and Universities,” 150 teachers were trained by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune through DBT funding in March 2016.

The workshop was designed to train teachers to use Research based Pedagogical Tools (RBPT) in the classrooms to augment critical thinking and research skills. This workshop helped disseminate locally developed innovative methods in teaching. The new approach to teaching can improve the quality of undergraduate science education by reaching a large number of teachers across the country.

Inspired by the success of this, DBT aims to train over thousand Star College teachers across all over India over the next three years through two levels of training workshops. In 2017, five such workshops have been planned in which 250 teachers are scheduled to participate. The year 2018 will witness ten more workshops in which 500 more teachers will be trained taking the number of teachers trained through RBPT to 750. With 150 teachers already trained by IISER, the total number of trained teachers would be around thousand by 2018.

The British Council will facilitate in bringing in experts engaged in science education in the UK to conduct these workshops. There will be 5 trainers from UK, two of them for level 1 and 3 for level 2 workshops. From India, DBT will include senior teachers and experts on education from the Government and Academia for the regional workshops. Teachers who have undergone level 2 workshops will be included as trainers.

These workshops will be supported through funding from DBT and Newton Bhabha Fund of the British Council.

Teachers below 45 years of age having masters’ degree in any branch of Science plus 10 years of teaching experience or PhD in any branch of science with 5 years of teaching experience along with a statement of purpose about why they want to enroll in the workshop can apply for such workshops.