Jammu: In keeping with the rich tradition of MIER of inviting luminaries in the field of education, Prof. A. G. Madhosh, Former Head and Dean, University of Kashmir, Srinagar was invited by the Center for Educational Research of MIER College of Education to deliver a lecture on the theme, ‘Constructivism as a Paradigm for teaching and Learning’. The lecture was attended by Dr. Renu Gupta, Director MIER, Dr. Adit Gupta, Joint Director MIER, HOD’s of various wings of MIER along with their faculty members and students of M.Ed Department.
Dr. Renu Gupta welcomed the esteemed guest and introduced him as a pillar of education and an authority in teacher education in the state of J&K being an eminent member of various committees under UGC, NCERT etc. She said that the objective of the lecture was to expose the faculty and the students to the latest trends in teaching as the traditional ways of teaching have failed and the focus has shifted from teacher centered tolearnercentered approach.Constructivism, she said, is one such innovative concept in which new knowledge is constructed with the help of old one and it should be imbibed by all the teachers in the teaching learning process.
While addressing the gathering Prof. Madhosh said that there is a paradigm shift from behaviorism to constructivism, from imparting knowledge to constructing knowledge in the minds of the children. He exhorted that constructivism is derived from the belief that human beings can construct knowledge themselves as was done by the great minds of all times like Aristotle, Socrates Plato etc. who did not possess any degrees or certificates. He also elaborated on the two models of Constructivism, the Social Model of Lev Vygotskyand Piaget’s Intellectual Model. He also highlighted that the Indian curricular framework 2005 also talks of Constructivism as a mode of teaching. The resource person also gave some important references for further study. Later on the queries of the participants were answered in a very succinct manner.
Dr. H. R. Shan, Head CER formally thanked the resource person for visiting MIER in spite of his busy schedule andinteracting on a very pertinent theme. Dr. Nishta Rana, Assistant Professor, M.Ed Department conducted the programme.