The capacity building of a class 6th teacher in developing teaching learning aids from low-cost materials and using these and other available resources effectively in the social studies class
Date of Award
Master of Education (M. Ed.)
Institute for Educational Development, Karachi
Until a few years ago, even in the developed countries activity based-teaching might not have been as popular as it is finding favour in the developing countries like Pakistan. When we talk about the provision or the availability of teaching and learning aids we see that every school is not financially sound to afford them. Majority of schools in our context, either face scarcity of resources, or lack of professional expertise to design some teaching learning aids to make their teaching and learning effective, or use available resources as teaching and learning aids. The school where I have conducted my project fell in the latter category. The overall goal of my project development was to build the capacity of a social studies teacher in developing teaching and learning aids from low-cost materials and using them effectively in the classroom. I have worked in a community-based school in Pakistan with one teacher in class 6th. It was also in my plan how to use the available resources as teaching and learning aids, if it is not necessary to make new teaching and learning aids. I have conducted my project with the following objectives: To create awareness in the teacher about teaching/learning aids through providing him relevant literature and sharing my own understanding To build the capacity of a class 6th teacher in developing teaching/learning aids and using these and other available resources effectively in the classroom To prepare teaching and learning aids by using low-cost and no-cost materials To demonstrate teaching/learning aids in the classroom and to write and compile a manual The outcomes of this project are as follows: The capacity building of the teacher in the field of designing teaching and learning aids from low-cost and or no-cost materials My own learning experience in the field of project development, as I had to go through the whole process of project development course and the manual as a guideline book This manual will benefit the teachers in general and Social Studies teachers in particular This project has the following implications for me: I have learnt to make teaching learning aids that must be in line with the concepts we teach in our classroom. It is good if students are involved in the preparation of teaching learning aids. It is not necessary to take the size and number of teaching and learning into consideration before we are going to make them. Available resources can effectively be used as teaching and learning aids. It is necessary to see how teaching and learning aids are effective in engaging the interest and learning of the students.
Khan, K. (2005). The capacity building of a class 6th teacher in developing teaching learning aids from low-cost materials and using these and other available resources effectively in the social studies class (Unpublished master's dissertation). Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
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