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A balanced matrix system of social pedagogy and instructional pedagogy can bring qualitative change in education: Focus group
With United Nations (UN) ratifying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 'to serve as benchmarks for every nation to ensure global prosperity, protection of the planet, and an eradication of poverty' to be achieved by 2030, once again the focus on quality education has been brought to the centre stage.

According to the UN, Goal-4 of the SDGs was a unique goal focused purely on education.  "Education is not simply a content delivery system; rather, it is a system designed to help all children reach their full potential and enter society as full and productive citizens," holds the agenda of SDG-4 with the 'central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies'.

The SDG-4 warns that  Quality Education  should not be seen one that is measured purely by a test score or by how many words per minute a 5-year-old can read since such notions of quality are a disservice to both the student and the phrase Quality Education itself.

According to focus group held in Jaipur recently, Quality Education implies a balance in social pedagogy and instructional pedagogy, and the matrix model of quality education is most appropriate in the present times.

"Though quality is a concept that has come into parlance of education from industry and management science wherein the words like standardization, zero-defect and total quality management are common. There is no consensus on the definition of quality education among academicians since there is diversity among learners and common notion of quality is based on uniformity and similarity based on the factory or business models of education," stated the focus group of the members.

According to the focus group, since learners are diverse in terms of their context, pace of learning and style of learning, there is a need to have a contextualized vision of quality education at the institutional level should be worked out for quality education.

It was held by the focus group that quality education should be seen as a mix of social pedagogy and instructional pedagogy which stresses the need for experimentation, innovations and contextually designed interventions in the social environ of equity and inclusion by treating classroom as a community of learners with the teacher as a social co-learner.  The paper dwells on the notion of quality in general and various view points on it including the one projected by UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with methodology of focus group for in-house research and solution provision. It also, describes the matrix model of quality education with dynamism of renewal and improvement.

It may be mentioned here that the focus group has emerged as rapid research method in the form a collective interview or to-the-point short discussion lasting up to half an hour in which three or more participants deliberate to crystallize their view point on an issue, topic or concept and take quick action.

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