Contextualization of all dimensions of education, including teacher training and follow-up system is the core element of education. Only quality teachers with contextualized content and processes can provide quality education. My research with the UNICEF - supported rural bridge schools for girls in Jaipur district testified that ‘matching the educational intervention to the context’ is appropriate strategy for quality in school education and no uniform standards can lead to quality as context varies from location to location and from community to community.
Here is the abstract of an action research by this investigator titled ‘Modalities of Workplace Training of Rural Bridge School Teachers with Focus on Quality for Dropout and Nonstarter Girls in Partnership an Education-for-All Project in Rajasthan’
“With the emphasis on quality, in the form of ‘matching the intervention to the context’ and “pre-planned modalities’, a workplace training and academic support system was developed and transacted for the teachers (N=25; All female; 80 % Graduates; Age: 25-45 years) of out-of-school girls (N=560, Age: 9-14 years, Dropouts and nonstarters) to peruse two-year community-based bridge courses through multi-level learning strategy.
After an initial teacher training of forty days to the teachers in multi-level learning, the bridge schools were raised by the joint efforts of the teachers, an NGO, and local communities by providing the spaces for the schools and the accommodations for the teachers. Since the non-conventional instructional strategy was used, the continuous workplace trainings were organized through academic support staff (N= 4) by fortnightly one-day visits to the schools followed by monthly review and planning workshops. The two-year course had resulted in the certification of all the students and mainstreaming of 50% of them in formal schools.
The three stage learning in the strategy included the teacher-directed learning followed by group and individual learning. The parents (N=50) reacted significantly favorably (p<0.05, DF=2) to the system of workplace support system. The intervention was technically supported by an NGO and Axis Bank Foundation in Chaksu block of Jaipur district in India.
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