Critical Constructivism in Learning Teaching: An Overview

Conference: The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022)
Title: Critical Constructivism in Learning Teaching: An Overview
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Anjali Bhatnagar, Mahindra University, India


Schools are magnified much beyond than just cites for learning, which is also very much rationalized evidently. If change and reform is the fundamental requirement for the progressive growth and development of any nation, it will not be embellishing to claim that the schools are entrusted with the obligation to pioneer the process of transformation. It is believed that amongst the various factors that contribute to the cause, curriculum and the pedagogy play a crucial role in bringing out and introducing the desired outcomes. Under such circumstances it becomes immensely crucial to critically evaluate and constructively challenge the curriculum that define ‘what’ goes in as ingredients of change and reform, and pedagogy which defines ‘how’ it goes, to support the pertinent and ostensible revolution intended. The paper intends to review the Freirean education as a symbiotic process of reflecting upon and developing insights into the current and expected learning teaching practices. In the context, the paper (1) identifies the existing gaps in curriculum and pedagogy and (2) evaluates the preparedness of schools to adapt. The two stated statements are evaluated by critiquing the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities foreseen in the selected schools from different governance: (1) central government schools (2) state government schools (3) private unaided schools (3) International schools. The insights from the study not only reflect upon the current scenario of education in the selected schools, but also is a guideline for directing schools towards critically constructing the curriculum and pedagogy for the changes and reforms expected.

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