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- ItemOpen AccessQuality School Education – How to Make it a Reality(2006-10) Kondapalli, RamaPCF4 // The issue of quality schooling is basic to national development. For acheiving the national goal of “Education for all”, India’s points to three main challenges: (1) Universalizing quality access (2) Raising learning outcomes (3.) Reducing the gaps in education outcomes across the states and among various groups and communities. // The paper focuses on the School quality as a function of inputs and the efficient management of these inputs in relation to desired goals. Referring to the quality of schools the paper attempts to examine the following three important issues; (i) In the context of schools can we see quality as a relative term (2) Does school effectiveness refer only to the outcome or does it also include the type of inputs and the established processes? (3) What are the parameters to measure school quality? // The paper is divided into four sections. The first section is introductory. The second deals with major challenges for providing quality access and the third critically examines the role of internal agents like the head teacher, the managements etc. and the external agents like corporate/industry, the community, the university/tertiary education sector in building quality school. The fourth part provides suggestions and conclusions. // Paper ID 302
- ItemOpen AccessTransformational Value of ICTs in Teacher Education: Learnings from India(2008) Kondapalli, RamaPCF5 Theme: Children & Youth // In an era where the world of education and learning are changing rapidly, bringing new realities and challenges to Teacher Education Institutions ( TEI’s), through innovations in use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has important implications. Today Teacher Education in India is being overhauled and redesigned to include the changes taking place across the world. New opportunities and possibilities especially those in electronic and other related applications for skill development outside formal learning arrangements stimulate the reform of the existing educational provisions. The past decade has seen efforts made at different levels not merely to spread the use of computer and related technologies but also to integrate the same in the core functioning of institutions i.e. teaching- learning. In this direction, the GOI has initiated several programmes starting with the Computer Assisted Learning and Teaching (CALT) in late 1980’s. Under this teacher educators were provided initial training in the use of computers. Other schemes include financial support to acquire hardware, setting up of computer labs and other resource supports. All these developments posed new questions on the regulatory capacities of the organizations, infrastructure development, the way teacher educators view learner and learning, available technology and ICTs and provisions of teaching and learning. // This paper focuses on the success stories of Indian Teacher Education Institutions in ICT application, integration and use for and in the teacher training programmes, on issues and challenges associated with use of ICT in enhancing teacher quality and enabling and enhancing the ICT use in the associated schools. It also attempts to put forward the new opportunities and benefits to the system. This paper also attempts to look at the efforts put in by Government of India, the corporate interventions and the institutional efforts in Integrating ICT in teacher education with an aim to bring a transformation in teaching learning and improving teacher quality. To some extent attempt has also been made to look at the challenges the institutions and the Governments may come across in implementing and integrating the ICT at various stages of teacher preparation and the perceived threats. // Paper ID 619