HYDERABAD, JANUARY 20:
“We cannot control or create motivation in classrooms, but we do have tremendous influence over it,” said Teresa Balser, Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University, Australia.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Motivation in the modern classroom’ at the ICFAI University Campus here in Hyderabad, Balser said, “ While the teachers expect students to attend classes, study, ask questions, participate and pay attention in the class, students, though highly motivated to learn, do not seem to be convinced that the classroom is the best place to learn.”
On the existing education system, Balser said that it was oriented towards the industrial age and is not aligned to the needs of the current era. Citing renowned educationist Ken Robinson, she said that education today seems to kill the ability of children to indulge in divergent thinking as the systems are oriented towards commoditisation and standardisation, with a factory-like approach and production in batches.
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