MAKING SCHOOLS EFFECTIVE AND STRESS-FREE :NEW THEORIES AND STRATEGIES

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The existing Models , Strategies and Theories of Learning do not help Learners increase their Learning and reduce learning stress. We need scientific and effective models, strategies and theories of Learning/ Teaching. This presentation is meant for Students, Teachers and Parents to explore New Models, Strategies and Theories.

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MAKING SCHOOLS EFFECTIVE AND STRESS-FREE :NEW THEORIES AND STRATEGIES

  1. 1. DR. RAJU M. MATHEW Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 1
  2. 2. Acquiring, Accessing and Applying Knowledge and Skill Acquisition or Developments constitute the Core of Learning or Education. They are the different manifestations of Knowledge. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 2
  3. 3. The building blocs of Knowledge are concepts. Each concept has hundreds of levels, from simple to complex. Any Domain of Knowledge consists of a set of core concepts and a series of sub- concepts that can be presented for learners at different levels. There exists a common structure and method for all Domains of Knowledge. Knowledge is organized similar to the thinking pattern and the way in which human brain organizes concepts. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 3
  4. 4. Brain Researchers, Cognitive Scientists and IT Experts, besides some Linguists, have wrongly been identified Human Brain as a Data or Information Processing or Storage mechanism based on the heart beats in ‘bit’ or ‘bytes’ and reduced or over simplified every thing into mere ‘0’ or ‘1’ and their permutation and combinations. But the human brain is basically a Knowledge or Concept formation, processing, organizing and storage mechanism which brings out words, ideas, plans,, dreams, decisions, theories, imaginations and etc Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 4
  5. 5. The brain of a normal human being brakes down if its is assigned to store and recall a 300 page data book or telephone directory. Brain starts to eject data or information after a certain amount. On the other hand, the brain of a normal human being can store and recall Knowledge in the form of ideas, plans, dreams, concepts, theories, verses, decisions, beliefs that may exceed thousands of pages if theya re brought in printed form. It shows that Human Brain is designed not for Data or Information Processing, Storing and recalling, but for Knowledge. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 5
  6. 6. 1. The Core and Sub-Concepts in each domain must be limited to ten to thirty ; 2. They must be presented on the basis of their relationships and similarities; 3. The level of the learner - his or her caliber and the prescribed criteria and standard – must be taken into account; 4. The learner should not be over-burdened with too much data or information as they adversely affect the learning abilities and performance level of the learners; 5. Concepts must be presented in totality , establishing their logical relationships rather than the fragmented and unrelated way; 6. Learners must be encouraged to communicate and represent the concepts that they have learned in their own way rather than the stenotype or uniform pattern. 7. Learner must be encouraged to explore the rhythm, harmony and relationships of each new concepts in context of what he or she has already learned so that it becomes the part and parcel of the total knowledge base. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 6
  7. 7. The Structure of Data is Static and Linear where as the Structure of Knowledge is Dynamic and Non-linear. Further, Data is fragmented without any meaning or relevance unless it is integrated with Knowledge. Knowledge is holistic and has independent meaning or relevance. Of course, organized data , presented in the particular context and integrated with Knowledge becomes meaningful and relevant. In short, Data or Information has no independent existence, where as Knowledge exists on its own identity. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 7
  8. 8. The very foundation of Information Technology is Algorithms built upon Static and Linear Data Structure. IT is essentially a Data Processing or Manipulation Technology. Information Technology has nothing to do with ‘Knowledge Processing, Knowledge Organization, Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Application. Education or Learning is essentially concerned with Processing, Organization, Creation and Application of Knowledge at different levels such as Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Levels with hundreds of sub- levels for each level. This is the simple reason that makes Information Technology incompatible to deal with or enter deep into the hears of Learning or Education, in spite of thousands of unfounded claims made by the Educationalists, Cognitive Scientists, Linguists and IT Experts. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 8
  9. 9. If Knowledge is Data and Learning or Education is Data Manipulation, then Information Technology is the most suitable or Compatible Technology for Education. Further Information Technology would have been made unimaginable strides in making a Learning or Educational Revolutions, brining the entire humanity in the fold of Education. The Truth is that over 41% of the humanity lives in ignorance and backwardness. Schools and Colleges that have championed for the cause of Information Technology are facing the problem of an erosion of the quality of education besides the inability to bring out highly critical and innovative brains or talents. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 9
  10. 10. Educationalists, Teachers and Parents all over the world are encountering with the problem of augmenting the learning abilities of students or learners and reducing the learning strains, in spite of the increasing IT Applications. Over 95% of the Knowledge that humanity has created so far cannot be used or put into applications for the simple reason that they are scattered in billions of books and millions of libraries or computers or brains of scholars. No technology ahs developed so far to process and organize knowledge and bring out value added Knowledge Products, Services and Solutions. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 10
  11. 11. Knowmatics is a Philosophy, Science and Technology to deal with Knowledge and Education or Learning. It is based on the, nature, structure, representation and transfer or communication of Knowledge. It is designed for Knowledge processing and Organization and making Knowledge Accessible and Usable for All. It aims at Augmenting Learning and Accessibility and Application of Knowledge and Reducing Learning Strains. On the basis of our approach towards Knowledge and Learning strategies can be formulated to attain the tasks. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 11
  12. 12. On the basis of the above appraoch towards Knowledge and Learning, that we have discussed earlier, strategies can be formulated to attain the tasks. Further, Mathew’s Theory of Knowledge Consumption – Production Correlation and Mathew’s Stage Theory of Knowledge Consumption- Production Growth can effectively put in to applications for augmenting Learning and Skill Acquisition and Scientific Productivity and Reducing Learning Strains. Knowmatics is capable of brining out a n Education Revolutions globally encompassing the entire humanity. This presentation is only a beginning to make further studies and research on these areas and develop suitable Systems and Services, including Live Knowledge Banks , Mega Knowledge Corporations and above all Building up Knowledge Industries on a sound basis. Improving Learning Abilities and Reducing1/9/2012 Leaning Stress by Dr. Raju M. Mathew 12

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