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Rajasthan University to organise workshop on multi-grade teaching
As a part of the refresher course for teacher educators and faculty members of the departments of education of various higher education institutes, a workshop on multi-grade teaching is going to be held at the Staff College on the campus of the University of Rajasthan on July 7.

According to the coordinator of the refresher course, Professor Rita Arora, multi-grade school situation is a reality at the primary education level in India with the existence of small schools with fewer teachers and more grades. Therefore, the topics of multi-grade and multi-level teaching have been included in the syllabi of graduation courses in education. 

"The workshop will provide an insight to the participating teacher educators to prepare prospective teachers and help them to organize the teaching practice and lessoning planning for classroom instruction to effectively teach in a multi-grade situation," she stated.

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.

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