Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Learning Trends in the 21st Century: A Modern Approach

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Learning Trends in the 21st Century: A Modern Approach

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Learning trends in education system

The world is changing rapidly, every now and then. Not only the technology is changing but the quality of life of the people is also taking a twist. This change demands global transformation in the emerging society. Children in the present society are the framers of the emerging society. This requires training, moulding and nourishing these young minds through some valuable standards of education and not merely education. Education is one of the tools which if used effectively can transform the present society into a society with values, humanity and wisdom. This will direct the Indian society towards the path of progressive growth and development to meet the global challenges.

To prepare the young children for the new challenges, it requires changing the teaching-learning trends in our education system. Mostly, education holds value and forms an integral part of the lives of the students. Hence, our education system should be such that it should be meaningful and connect the children with the society. The schools must frame such curriculum to make the children understand the society and its problems. This will develop a vision of problem solving in them and inculcate the power of decision-making in them. They will be able to face the societal problems in a better way and become self-reliant.

The present education should be child-centric. It should act as a source of practical knowledge and be capable of moulding the minds of young children to use knowledge at their best to deal with worldly issues. The school facilitators should induce such an environment as to make the learn=ing process a joyful experience for the young learners. The latest teaching aids should be made available in all the schools (Govemment/Private) to attract the interest and enhance the learning process of the students. The objective of teaching should not focus on the completion of syllabus and curriculum activities but also to involve active participation in the learning process.

The facilitators in the schools should make directed efforts to create such environment that aims to motivate the students to come to school willingly and take the initiative to learn things related to their syllabus and curriculum in way that links them with the society. Learning is a life-long and a continuous process and should not be restricted to schools only/ class-room teaching. New teaching and learning methods should be adopted from time to time to meet various educational goals. Forthis, teacher-orientation programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences etc should form an integral part of teaching-learning process. This will lead to the professional development of the teachers. To facilitate information, the teachinglearning environment should be flexible. It should include methods incorporating online learning resources which lie outside the constraints of time, traditional methods and place.

Using the new technology effectively, the educators should be capable enough to engage their students in new and exciting ways such as using iPads, cell phones, apps, TV, Projectors, computer/laptops etc. This will improve the skills of students which are helpful in building their capacity to understand and meet the future challenges. With the change in the teaching-learning methods, the change in the evaluation methods cannot be ignored.

The schools should aim for the holistic development of the children. All aspects of growth and development of a child should be looked upon such as Mental, Social, Physical, Psychological, Spiritual, Academic, Potential and Cultural. Physical Fitness Programmes, adventurous trips, Yoga, Cultural Programmes, Sports should be arranged from time to time, maintaining a balance between studies and co-curricular activities. This will develop the qualities of leadership, teamwork, problem solving, discipline, art of controlling emotions, responsiveness, time management, decisionmaking, critical thinking, self-confidence etc among them. …

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