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Girls-friendly left-brain science workshop held in a Kurukshetra school
A workshop on science learning for students of Kanya Gurukul, at village Bachgawan Gamri of Kurukshetra was organized on Saturday to make learning girls-friendly by emphasizing hands-on learning, musical intelligence, visual intelligence and group sharing of knowledge.

The purpose of the workshop was to include the traits of the left hemisphere of the brain for science instruction which are better developed among women because of their prior lived experiences.

In the opening session, Dr. DR Vij and Prof. BS Nehra who were formerly associated with Kurukshetra University said that there was a need to make learning of science more appealing to girls and gender equity in science, technology and mathematics should be brought about deliberately by implementing the girls-friendly instructional techniques.

Keeping the foregoing in view, hands-on activities in science learning were performed for putting the participants in roles of constructors of knowledge. Also, the technique of writing ‘cinquain’ French pattern poetry for recitation was demystified and a few poems defining various concepts of science were recited to add memory and make use of the musical intelligence of girls to revise and remember science content.

Simple line drawings, visual symbols construction, diagrams were drawn to emphasize their importance in science learning by the resource person Dr. Lalit Kishore.

Hundred girls studying at the plus two stage, who participated in the workshop expressed the need for training of teachers in teaching strategies that had pedagogical soundness for teaching science to girls.

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