SRINAGAR: âWhen love is ingrained in our teaching practices, we equip students to identify only their needs, wants or whatever motivates them, matters,â said Dr. Rabia Naseem Mughal, author of his new book, âModern Learning Approaches and Teaching Techniques,â kicked off in a scintillating reunion here on Saturday, December 4th.
Against the backdrop of a theme based on ‘Joyful and Unburdened Learning’, the author dedicated her fifth book to her daughter, Kibria, who, she said, “taught me how to communicate the love “.
âSince love is present in all human lives as an emotional experience and can also be present in all human lives as an intellectual idea, it should form the very foundation of the pedagogy you are trying to achieve. ‘use when teaching a child. Says the author.
Dr Mughal works at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) as an academic officer. On a cool and misty Saturday afternoon, brightly lit and crowded almost to capacity, the Jammu and Kashmir Information Department Auditorium on historic Residency Road happily presented an ambience befitting an event of book launch.
The sprawling auditorium suddenly took on a festive air, smiles bursting on the cheerful faces of the assembly including academics, teachers, and students bringing with them an offering to the event eagerly awaiting the book to be unwrapped. A meticulous Kibria, who read the book’s preface to the public before unwrapping it, had decked out several copies with beautiful covers, no doubt to express her unspoken love for her mother.
“As a daughter, your mother is a person who will always know how to understand you”, Kibria smiles moved while unsuccessfully hiding her tears. âMothers have the opportunity to teach their daughters how to grow up in this world. They are there to be their daughter’s guide, confidante and friend for life.
On stage, a host of prominent dignitaries, who were handed the wrapped copies of the book, gently tore off their covers and lined up in an arc behind the massive banner announcing its official release.
The group included Kashmir School Education Director Tassaduq Hussain Mir, Former Radio Kashmir Director Syed Humayun Qaiser, News Door Darshan Director Qazi Salman, Professor Manzoor Ahmad Rather from the School of Education & Behavioral Sciences, University of Kashmir, principal MPML Higher Secondary School, Romana Qazi and Fazal Elahi, teacher at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, MA Road, Srinagar,
Many relatives of the author, including his uncle Er Abdul Aleem Moghal and his aunt, Shahi Taj Mughal, testified to the perseverance and hard work that ultimately resulted in this cherished event.
The author couldn’t help but mention her grandmother, Mahatab Samad Mughal, who she says inspired her in many ways, most notably through her poetry.
âShe helped plant the seeds of creativity in my pristine brain long before I started formal schooling,â the author said, tearfully recalling her silent contribution. “She unintentionally helped nurture a learning atmosphere well within the confines of our home.” The audience, amid thunderous applause, rose from their seats and applauded in unison to pay tribute to the author for the “indispensable” work.
âAdapting to new pedagogical trends and new learning approaches has become essential for teachers,â said director Tasaduq, while recommending a âreligiousâ reading of the book, immediately after its release. âBooks are published by the tens of hundreds, but the way the author has approached the intricacies of various teaching techniques is commendable. “
âThe book came at the right time and could be of use not only to school education teachers, but also to teacher trainers working in SCERT, university education departments and IASEs,â Fazal Ilahi, while performing a thorough analysis of the pound, said. Ilahi covered the chapters âBringing Joy to the Classroomâ, âMultiple Intelligenceâ and âEmotional Intelligenceâ in more detail, saying that âthey should form the basis of our teaching-learning processes.
âThe checklists provided in the book for emotional intelligence and the assessment of various intelligences could be administered in a selected group of schools by SCERT and DIET to begin with,â he said. âThis assessment could help teachers adapt their pedagogies according to the needs and learning styles of the students.
However, he demarcated the book’s “downside” by stating “that it does not follow a good order in its chapters and that readers would be unable to grasp the holistic understanding and the theoretical basis of the teaching techniques.”
âSurprisingly, the book even fails to mention ‘behavioralism’ as the philosophical and psychological basis for many techniques for teaching the book,â said Ilahi, while insisting on updating the book possibly in its next version.
Constructivism, âhe added,â also does not get a detailed treatment with a short text on ‘the scaffolding’ assembled hastily and separately â. While critically appraising the book, Professor Manzoor said that joyful learning provides the panacea for many of the ailments of the monotonous, drudgery and passivity of the classroom atmosphere.