A one-day national seminar on "Fostering Global Competencies in Higher Education" is scheduled for October 26 at Chandigarh College of Education, Landran, Mohali. It has been envisaged by the seminar organisers that with globalisation and liberalisation, new kind of professional and job-skills need to be identified and stressed in higher education.
It has been said that the present scenario bears the uniqueness of inculcating dynamic values in the teachers of higher education since they shape the future learners. Different kinds of teaching methodologies are required to meet the needs of the students of 21st century and the seminar being organised to identify those requisite methodologies and relevant competencies.
Sponsored by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore, the seminar has sub-themes such as building generic skills through learning strategies; application of life skills for helping students develop a perfect fit; promoting research culture; information technology.
The selected contributions to the seminar will be published in the form of conference proceedings with ISBN number and selected empirical studies in the Journal with ISSN number to benefit the future researchers and educators.
My contributory abstract for the seminar reads, an action research was done by the teacher educator for the session on the topic of action research. The objectives of the research were: (i) To develop a three-hour action research module for in-service training of teachers. (ii) To make recommendations related to vocabulary recall; (iii) To make recommendation to improve training on action research. The before-and-after design was used for the recall test for 25-word included in the word-search-puzzle.
The recall of 25 trainees (High school teachers, trained postgraduates, urban English medium schools) improved significantly at 0.01 levels as shown by t-test analysis. The recommendations that emerged from action research were: (i) A five day training module with two days for actual action research be prepared; and (ii) A support system for new entrants to action research be set up.