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Innovation Title : Learning through action-based enquiry: Conducting surveys of the prevalence of diseases in the village

Description - To develop problem-solving, communication and collaboration amongst children, and to understand the process of data-based scientific enquiry, encourage students to conduct surveys on different issues in their communi    1. Prepare a survey form based on teacheridentified topic (in this case, disease patterns in the village). 2. Divide students into groups. 3. Appoint groups leaders and explain their responsibilities to them. 4. Prepare a survey form based on information required. 5. Train students to collect data using this survey form. 6. Allocate different streets to different groups. 7. Guide students to also spread awareness about the issue while collecting data. 8. Guide students in analysing the collected data.   This method can be used for a variety of educationrelated topics as well:

  • Conducting a survey on availability of reading material in the homes of children
  • Conducting a survey on T.V. viewing
  • Amount of time spent by children on homework
  • Finding out from children who provides home learning support

This method is a mode of discovery-based learning that provides learning opportunities to children outside the classroom. In this case, the teacher used the method of enquiry to also spread awareness. This is different from the formal scientific approach which prescribes a dispassionate position. The form of research the teacher has used is best termed a variant of action-based research.

 

 

 

 

 

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