Throughout the world, school situations are found as mono-grade, multi-grade and non-graded formats. Mostly the teachers are prepared keeping a mono-grade school in view, where the teacher has to handle one class at a time.
But, in India and many other developing countries, there are a good number of schools in interior small habitations where a teacher has to handle more than one grade simultaneously. Non-graded education is an innovation, where students are allowed to learn at their paces with the curriculum of a few years is organized as levels of learning instead of grades.
In India, a few models of multi-grade and multi-level education have been tried out successfully such as Rishi Valley Satellite Schools in Andhra Pradesh, Janshala Programme of UN agencies in eight states including Rajasthan, and Nali-Kali or Joyful Learning Programme in Karnataka.
There is a need to prepare teachers and teacher-educators to handle multi-grade teaching, which requires development of relevant teaching-learning material to promote teacher-learner, learner-learner and learner-material interactions. The workshop is meant to provide exposure to the nuances of multi-grade teaching to the participants.