Much of science learning in Indian schools is based on rote learning. The science that one experiences in everyday life is never taught as concepts to be appreciated and applied. The focus is towards completing the syllabus, conducting examinations and assessing the students based on these examinations.
This hampers the development of scientific temper and critical thinking skills among children and also dissuades them from pursuing pure sciences.
There are several questions that are pertinent in the field of science education today.
How do we shift the focus from a teaching to a learning process?
How do we offer science learning experiences in the classroom?
Does the abstract learning process demanding memorization and filled with information affect the child’s interest, attention span, involvement to learn science? Does it extinguish the learning spirit?
Is there a need for a system that focuses on science education that encourage the learner to become inquisitive, creative and explorative thereby helping him to meet practical life needs and challenges?
Anubhava Science Learning Model is developed to address the critical issues prevalent in existing Science learning approaches. Anubhava Science Foundation (ASF) is a Charitable Trust registered in 2008 that focuses on the transformation of "Science Education".
Anubhava Science Foundation aims to work towards strengthening science education in existing school system in India by
- making science learning joyous
- bridging the gap between learning science in classroom and experiencing science in daily life
- developing scientific thinking through experience and exploration
- helping build a conceptual base among children for science
Anubhava plans to do this in three ways:
- train teachers in partnership with the government to create a multiplier effect
- train facilitators at alternate informal learning environments in low income neighborhoods
- partnering with other local NGOs working with few government or tent schools directly to reach out to more under-privileged children.