A two-day regional workshop on Research-based pedagogy tools was organized by Shri Dahyabhai Institute of Biotechnology at Sonopant Dandekar College, Palghar in association with knowledge partners COSME, IISER Pune and Newton Bhabha Fund, British Council on 28th and 29th June 2019.
The trainer team for the workshop included Dr.Anupma Harshal Wadavlikar, Indo-US foldscope Awardee, Dr. Jitendra Pendharkar, assistant professor Department of Physics, K.J.Somaiya college, Vidyavihar, and Dr.Amruta Kothare, Assistant professor Department of Life Sciences, K.C College, Churchgate.
The workshop was conducted in the wake of a structured, guided inquiry-based learning environment aimed at emphasizing the need for active learning pedagogy in the field of science. The workshop introduced participants to Research-Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPTs) that focus on the process of science rather than information-transfer. The concept and need for alternative methods of pedagogy will be introduced, with in-depth discussions on pedagogical tools involving research. It was a hands-on workshop with participants preparing their own teaching tools and reviewing those of others. Teachers got an opportunity to share their own teaching innovations with peers and experts. The workshop was attended by 69 professors from the science and mathematics department of 14 different colleges of Palghar district.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Secretary of Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali Prof.Ashok Thakur followed by welcome address by Principal of Sonopant Dandekar College Dr.Kiran.J Save.
The First session was conducted by Dr.Anupma Harshal on Innovative teaching by RBPT. The talk oriented the participants towards expectations and learning outcomes from the workshop.
Next session was conducted by Dr.Jitendra Pendharkar he introduced the concept of research and the goals of RBPT. He also introduced Rubrics – a scoring guide used to evaluate the students
An engaging interactive session on elements of inquiry by Dr.Anupma Harshal slowly steered the participants towards the components of inquiry.
Post lunch Dr.Amruta Kothare guided the participants on crafting their own RBPT based on 5R’s and 3C’s.
Day 2 Participants were grouped subjectwise into 15 groups in the subject of biotechnology, microbiology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, information technology, computer science, botany and zoology and were further guided by the trainers on preparing a rough draft of their RBPT.
Post lunch On the last day of the workshop, participants worked in groups to design a poster presenting their chosen topic in RBPT method all the 15 groups presented their RBPT’S for discussions and criticisms, exchanging and suggesting new ideas among themselves