Learning Science by Doing

Science and technology awareness and education is a challenging task before the nation. The success of science education depends largely on the effective teaching done at the school level. It has to be understood that science is both a process as well as a product. The method of science involves formulation of a hypothesis, testing, data collection, observation, analysis and drawing inferences based on the gathered information.

The challenge before the teachers is that learners should imbibe the methods of science for learning. In today's scenario, where both the teachers and the students are heavily burdened by the curricula, the students often resolve to rote learning rather than imbibing the method of science. As a result, the learning is compromised, and in order to improve the science communication, teachers experiment with the innovative methods of teaching and learning.

Keeping this premise in view, the focal theme of 8th National Teachers' Science Congress (NTSC) has been chosen as Learning Science by Doing. Findings of many researches reveal that learners retain much more and comprehend easily through practice of learning science by doing. The theme for the present edition of NTSC will give an opportunity to the teachers to learn newer practices in communicating science and technology through learning by doing and hands-on experimentations.

  • 1. Innovation in use of low cost materials for science learning
  • 2. Challenges of STEM education in class rooms and communication to the society
  • 3. Science for Self-reliance
  • 4. Innovative Participatory Assessment Techniques for Science Learning
  • 5. STEM Learning for special students
  • 6. Vocational Science

Teachers of upper primary, secondary and Sr. secondary levels will be encouraged to present papers on the above mentioned themes and sub themes, the core approach should be that of "Participatory learning". The teachers will be further required to give details of their tools adopted for imparting innovative teaching learning experiences, learning science by doing and experimentation.

Besides teachers educators of vocational/open schools/teachers educators/DIET faculty/B.Ed and university researchers, scientists, technologists and activists are also eligible to submit their papers.

NCSTC is contemplating Regional Orientation Workshops to orient teachers on the theme and spirit of 8th NTSC - Learning Science by Doing. The workshops aim at enabling teachers to fine-tune their paper submission process. Accordingly, it is proposed to hold FIVE Regional Orientation Workshops at the Regional Institutes of Education - Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore, and Shillong.

The interested teachers can register themselves for the Workshop. Due to limited number of seats, the selection would be on the merit, based on a write-up of about 500 words of their work on any of the sub-themes, mentioned hereinabove. The teachers should give brief details of their innovative teaching methodologies, techniques and models used, in either English or Hindi language.

And send it as a hard copy to:

The National Convenor,
8th NTSC,
c/o Marathi Vidnyan Parishad,
Vidnyan Bhavan, V N Purav Marg,
Sion-Chunabhatti (E), Mumbai 400 022,

or email as soft copy to mvp@8thntsc.org, and indub.puri@nic.in, latest by June 30, 2015.

Teachers can also submit their papers directly, i.e., without participating in the Orientation Workshop. Shortlisted papers would be invited for either oral or poster presentation during the 8th National Teachers' Science Congress, to be held during the month of December 2015. The dates and the venue for the national level event would be uploaded on the websites www.dst.gov.in and www.8thntsc.org

Full paper for the 8th NTSC should be of 2000 words maximum, along with an abstract of 200 words and 4-5 key words. The paper should be typed in Arial, 12 point font size, 1.5 line spacing, single side, black colour, in MS word format. As mentioned earlier, papers and subsequent presentations can be in either English or Hindi language. Time given for oral presentation would be 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for interaction. For poster presentation, 4 posters of 70 x 55 cm size, each would be allowed. Last date for paper submission is September 10, 2015.

Each participant can submit only one paper. There is a limited provision for providing local hospitality and travel assistance to the invited participants.

For more information, visit http://www.8thntsc.org/.

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