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Chennai to host conference on "Multi Grade Multi Level Methodologies and Their Global Significance"
The first world conference on "Multi Grade Multi Level (MGML) Methodologies and their Global Significance" is going to be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from 17th to 19th February.

The conference will also have an optional pre-program from 15th to 17th February at Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources in Andhra Pradesh, a co-host for the conference along with IIT, Madras and Universities of Würzburg and Regensburg, Germany.

The conference aims to bring together a broad spectrum of experts from all over the globe, along with practitioners of the methodologies, academics in the field, policy makers, development partners and administrators engaged in scaling up MGML methodologies. The focus will be to provide the philosophical justification for the practice of MGML pedagogies.

According the conference organizers, the event will provide a forum for showcasing many models of the MGML methodologies, their pedagogic limitations and the hurdles encountered in successful large-scale implementations of methodologies. The purpose is to identify and address challenges across practitioners and theoreticians involved with MGML methodologies functioning on a large scale.

An important study conducted supported by UNCESCO to capture the MGML practices in India and some other studies by UNICEF-UNESCO, MHRD, and ASER in five Indian states in 2011 have indicated that most classrooms that cater to underprivileged populations are multi-grade; and there was little correlation between the age of children and their academic competence in classrooms.

The conference aims to create opportunities to problem solve collaboratively and learn new techniques to improve existing practice specifically with regards to scaling up the methodologies; delineate the potential of the methodology in accommodating diverse cultures; clearly outline the specialized training, type of materials systems that a teacher in a multi-grade classroom needs and describe the design of MGML training facility.

Furthermore, sessions will be held to explore ways of extending the scope of MGML models to promote inclusion and role of new technology to increase learning outcomes, teacher effectiveness and sustainable scale up of the various MGML models.

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