Analyzing Lack Of Educational Motivation In Students

Education is the key towards success for every country.It helps to
boost the economy and to generate democratic society. The
main resource of any country is Human Resource. If we’ll prepare
educated human in our society in advance by providing proper education
facilities to our younger generation, then we could move towards the
path of success.

If we look towards our Education system, there are many unveiled reasons
behind the de-motivation and poor academic performance of
students. Despite a great deal of effort since from the day of
independence, academic achievement among students in Pakistan continues
to lag behind. No doubt we are moving towards the successful future, but our education system some how, is hampering the progress of our country.

The results, which we see in matriculation, intermediate and graduation
are not up to mark.

The interest in students to achieve quality education is de-motivated
in the recent years.The only thing student require, is
Certificate/Degree with passing marks.

In the attempt to improve school results, the teacher educators and
education counselor are trying their level best to find the roots of
poor academic achievement of school students.Educational Psychologist
has also developed many tests, to judge and improve the skills of
students, but the real cause has not been founded till date, that what
makes the student frustrated to back out of education so easily?
Might be it’s the fault of Ministry of Education to develop lack of
integrated curriculum and wrong dimensional policies or it might be the
fault of a teacher, whose teaching style is not appropriate to the age
level students they teach, or its the problem of Learning Disability in
a child.

Some point the finger at the outrageous homework loads students given
by the teachers. Students are overburdened with academic demands of
questionable value and, as a result, end up indifferent to studies,
exhausted, and worn out.In addition,the heavy loads of books are not
worthwhile, until and unless the students are ready to go through it.
Our Curriculum Ministry is trying to develop curriculum according to
their own judgement, without keeping in view the taste and level of a
student.

The reason for the poor academic achievement could be any out of these.
But the question is, Why the students academic records are more
successful in European and American Countries?

The answer is that, they are keen to learn and explore things. No over
load of work is given to them nor books load and examination pressure
is exerted on them.The books are well integrated too.
The new writers, who want to write curriculum books according to the
requirement of students are never encouraged in our country.

Teachers, even sometimes avoid researching, and teaches whatever is
given in the textbook.

The main contributing factors that lead to low learning proficiency of
students according to my experience as a teacher are as follows

1. Incomprehension of the Studying Purpose

The main reason why so many students don’t feel interested in what they
are doing at school, is the incomprehension of their studying routine.
A vast majority of private and government teachers are not even
bothered to explain to their students what the learning outcomes are,
why they need to achieve them and how they will be assessed.Mostly

Teachers take out their text books and start making a wrong impression
of rote learning on students, and then evaluate their students without
seeing the capabilities of a child.Students are not encouraged to write
their own answers. Despite of it, teacher wants their student to copy
the same answer in the examination, which they have taught or were made
to write.

Thus, the writing and analytical thinking skill gets hamper, for which
we can’t blame a student.

Student just accomplish their tasks by command, which needs to be
bluntly carried out.Students prepare projects, submit reports etc just
to get extra marks, without knowing the purpose of their study.

2. Wrong Assessment Process

Assessment means to evaluate children capabilities, not to judge them.
Assessment in Pakistan is often wrongly intended by teachers as a
punishment for students, or traps to catch them out. Grades seem to
exist in order to show students’ errors, mistakes and drawbacks in the
study area, rather than to give students reasonable chance of
demonstrating their achievements of specific learning goals. Same five
years questions, wrong curriculum development by the ministry of
education, changing of the course at the last moment of the end of the
year are going on in secondary and higher classes. Assessment should
not be based on counting the pages, which a student fills. Rather than
this, evaluating system should be changed.Invigilators should be well
educated to judge the learning tasks and own input, else the wrong
assessment process, which is going on since a long time would create a
fearful attitude in students towards assessment.

Students are learning not for acquiring knowledge but for getting a
“pass.” Students, who works hard gets low marks, because the teacher
checks the paper according to their knowledge and often forgets student
effort of contributing towards answering question.

3. Lack of integrated Curriculum

Ministry of Education is making such a curriculum, which is not up to
mark and is not well integrated with full resources. Mistakes in the
books and wrong statements makes student furious.
Activities are always missing in our curriculum books. The quality and
the presentation of book makes jack a dull boy.

Our curriculum is made by professionals, but the question is, Why the
curriculum is not made yet, according to the needs and requirement of
the students? We are just trying to change our curriculum all the time
on the basis of the prevailing fear of any other examination
systems,coming ahead in the competition. If we are capable, why don’t
we move ahead rather than taking wrong decisions at the end moment.

4. Teachers Fault

With classes consisting of more than 15-20 children, many students feel
deprived of the due attention on their teacher’s part.Teachers are the
leader and a role model for every student. Every student want to be
unique and want their place in teachers heart. They are placed among
the great lot of students without their personal interests, and
problems with studying being taken into account. As a result, students
don’t feel cared about, lose their identity, become indifferent to
studies and lose faith in the brighter future.

Teacher should treat their student equally and give proper attention to
every student of his/her class.

5. Wrong attitude of parents

Many parents are “performance oriented,” which emphasises results such
as students’ grades, rather than knowing whether their child have
mastered the material or not.They just want their child to be on the
top of the list and thats all.

Children gets frustrated, when parent keeps a lot of expectations from

our child, which de-motivates them most of the time.

There are many parents,who tells their child in advance that they have
to join their fathers or forefathers business after passing school,
which also makes student less motivated to perform well in examination
and thus, poor performance is seen in the results, just because of the
wrong impression embossed by parents on their children.

Munir Moosa Sewani is one of the famous, prominent and creative names in the field of Education since 8 years. He is a Master Trainer In Special Education, Post Graduate, Teacher Educator and a Teacher. He is a Freelance Writer and Photographer too. He is an author of the famous self-published storybook for children named as “The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN” and has also written Biology course book for Secondary Classes. He has written almost more than 30 articles on social, health, educational and cultural issues, which are internationally recognized and published on most of the famous world wide websites, magazines and newspapers.

Dyspraxia Child – Special Educational Needs

If you have a dyspraxia child the Educational Psychologist can perform a number of tests with your child to establish what learning difficulties there might be and what support they will need. The biggest problem is that there might be a long waiting list to actually get your child assessed. When I needed to get my son assessed the school only had access to an Ed Psych twice per year and they could only see 2-3 children each time – not great is it? I’m sure this is not the situation everywhere but just once again to point out you might need to be a little pushy to get what you need.

At the time we actually paid an Ed Psych who had recently left the LEA to do a private assessment for us. It told us what we needed to know but then when we took that to the school the head (who was a pain anyway) didn’t want to know and insisted we would have to wait for the LEA Ed Psych to assess him; and guess what…..6 months later when he was eventually assessed they report was almost identical! Again I’m sure some school heads and much more amenable and helpful than others.

Schools have to have plans and support available for SEN children. In our area, and I would hope nationally, they have school action and school action plus. Depending on which category your child falls into they should get varying amounts of extra support in school.

What is School Action? This means the class teacher or school’s SENCO, another teacher or a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) will give your child extra help. Your child will also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which lists targets for them to work towards and the action/support necessary to help them achieve them. The school SENCO, or another teacher, should talk with you about the IEP so that you can also help your child.

The aim of school action is to enable your child to progress so that they no longer need any extra help at all.

What is School Action Plus? If your child is not meeting their targets at school action, they may need to move to school action plus. This means more help from the school, together with additional advice and guidance from specialist services. This could include the involvement of teaching support services and other agencies. Most children needing school action plus support will have their needs discussed by the school SENCO and an Educational Psychologist (EP).

The aim of school action plus support is to enable your dyspraxia child to progress so that they move from school action plus to school action, or no longer need any extra help at all.

There also the possibility of obtaining a Statement of Special Educational Needs through the Local Education Authority (LEA). A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a legal document which sets out a description of your child’s needs (what he or she can and cannot do) and what needs to be done to meet those needs. Generally, only a very small number of children with especially complex and severe needs – which require very high levels of support, are issued with a statement.

Be Your Child’s Biggest Supporter

You’re a stronger advocate for your child when you foster good partnerships with everyone involved in your child’s treatment – that includes teachers, doctors, therapists, and even other family members. Take advantage of all the support and education that’s available, and you’ll be able to help your child navigate his or her way to success. However it’s really important that you are strong and don’t give up; sometimes you will have to fight your corner on behalf of your child who can’t do it for themselves.

So You Need Psychotherapy – Guidelines For Choosing and Working With a Competent Psychologist

The best approach to selection of a psychotherapist is to receive a referral from a trusted professional who is familiar with the psychotherapist they recommend. Even then, the informed consumer needs to follow certain guidelines in making an intelligent choice.

Psychologists are licensed by the State and must meet certain minimum requirements. They may have Master’s or Doctoral degrees in clinical or school psychology. They need to have served a supervised internship at an accredited hospital or other mental health setting. Some psychologists also have an advanced Diploma designation. The American Psychological Association lists psychologists in a National Directory. State and local listings may also be available.. It is essential to learn as much as possible about the training and experience of someone you will trust as your therapist. Specifically, he or she should have experience in treating conditions such as yours. It is recommended that you ask the pertinent questions before committing to a therapist. It is not rude to ask directly. Often the professional can be located on the Internet through a personal website or publications. Psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders or depression are usually best treated by someone with q clinical psychology degree. School and learning problems in children may be better treated. by a school or educational psychologist. Yellow page listings may be helpful but do not speak to the training or experience of the therapist. It is illegal to list oneself as a psychologist without proper licensing. The term psychotherapist is not similarly protected. Many psychotherapists are properly credentialed as social workers or counselors. The suggestions offered here are equally important when seeking therapy at a group practice. The credentials of the principle psychologist may be far different than those of the person actually assigned to provide treatment.

Psychologists are mandated to comply with certain ethical principles.. Treatment must be strictly private and confidential. The therapist is forbidden to provide information about you to any outside party without your permission. The only exception would be if you reveal intent to harm yourself or others. In that case the therapist is obliged to inform the relevant persons. Ethics also require that you be an informed consumer and consent to the treatment that will be applied. It is also mandated that treatment methods be evidence -based.There is a large literature dealing with investigations of the effectiveness of psychological treatment. Therapists are obliged to be aware of state of the art approaches to various conditions. The most thoroughly investigated approach to treatment is cognitive-behavior therapy. The therapist should thoroughly explain his approach, specify treatment goals, provide some expectation for improvement as well as rough time frames. Clear cut criteria of improvement should specified. Treatment costs should be explained.

Medical insurance may often serve to cover the cost of psychotherapy. The therapist must be =approved as a provider listed in the panel of the specific insurance company. If there is a co-pay above the covered treatment, that, too, should be explained. Many insurance policies will pay for only a limited number of treatment sessions. Some clients prefer to pay out-of-pocket for treatment that is not covered by their insurance.

Finally, but not least important, is the comfort level you feel with the therapist. Not every psychotherapist is suited for every client. You are being asked to trust your therapist with personal information and significant feelings. If you don’t like the therapist if is not likely to result in successful intervention. Similarly, the therapist needs to like you. Therapists are trained to be non-judgmental but there may be situations with which the therapist feels ill-equipped to deal.. In such cases he or she is obliged to terminate treatment and make a more appropriate referral.

So You Need Psychotherapy – Guidelines For Choosing and Working With a Competent Psychologist

The best approach to selection of a psychotherapist is to receive a referral from a trusted professional who is familiar with the psychotherapist they recommend. Even then, the informed consumer needs to follow certain guidelines in making an intelligent choice.

Psychologists are licensed by the State and must meet certain minimum requirements. They may have Master’s or Doctoral degrees in clinical or school psychology. They need to have served a supervised internship at an accredited hospital or other mental health setting. Some psychologists also have an advanced Diploma designation. The American Psychological Association lists psychologists in a National Directory. State and local listings may also be available.. It is essential to learn as much as possible about the training and experience of someone you will trust as your therapist. Specifically, he or she should have experience in treating conditions such as yours. It is recommended that you ask the pertinent questions before committing to a therapist. It is not rude to ask directly. Often the professional can be located on the Internet through a personal website or publications. Psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders or depression are usually best treated by someone with q clinical psychology degree. School and learning problems in children may be better treated. by a school or educational psychologist. Yellow page listings may be helpful but do not speak to the training or experience of the therapist. It is illegal to list oneself as a psychologist without proper licensing. The term psychotherapist is not similarly protected. Many psychotherapists are properly credentialed as social workers or counselors. The suggestions offered here are equally important when seeking therapy at a group practice. The credentials of the principle psychologist may be far different than those of the person actually assigned to provide treatment.

Psychologists are mandated to comply with certain ethical principles.. Treatment must be strictly private and confidential. The therapist is forbidden to provide information about you to any outside party without your permission. The only exception would be if you reveal intent to harm yourself or others. In that case the therapist is obliged to inform the relevant persons. Ethics also require that you be an informed consumer and consent to the treatment that will be applied. It is also mandated that treatment methods be evidence -based.There is a large literature dealing with investigations of the effectiveness of psychological treatment. Therapists are obliged to be aware of state of the art approaches to various conditions. The most thoroughly investigated approach to treatment is cognitive-behavior therapy. The therapist should thoroughly explain his approach, specify treatment goals, provide some expectation for improvement as well as rough time frames. Clear cut criteria of improvement should specified. Treatment costs should be explained.

Medical insurance may often serve to cover the cost of psychotherapy. The therapist must be =approved as a provider listed in the panel of the specific insurance company. If there is a co-pay above the covered treatment, that, too, should be explained. Many insurance policies will pay for only a limited number of treatment sessions. Some clients prefer to pay out-of-pocket for treatment that is not covered by their insurance.

Finally, but not least important, is the comfort level you feel with the therapist. Not every psychotherapist is suited for every client. You are being asked to trust your therapist with personal information and significant feelings. If you don’t like the therapist if is not likely to result in successful intervention. Similarly, the therapist needs to like you. Therapists are trained to be non-judgmental but there may be situations with which the therapist feels ill-equipped to deal.. In such cases he or she is obliged to terminate treatment and make a more appropriate referral.

Where Do Psychologists Work?

As a profession, psychology has diversified a lot over the years. Psychology is the study of people and their behavior, but nowadays the areas in which this knowledge can be applied have grown massively. Psychology is a fascinating subject to study and whilst there is still room for traditional psychologist, the subject also provides useful training for a range of different career options. Psychology is a useful tool in market research, social work, teaching, nursing, advertising, sales and even the police and the Armed Forces.

A career in psychology is incredibly rewarding and can see a psychologist working in applied fields and helping clients through their problems via psychological assessment, psychotherapy and counseling. A psychologist will work with a range of different clients throughout their career including individuals, couples, families, organizations and groups of people.

In general, psychologists use specialized techniques such as interviews, psychometric testing and workshop based meetings to help clients deal with their emotional and psychological problems. Nowadays, most psychologists deal with preventative methods and work with clients to help them recognize negative behavior and enable them to overcome problems before they fully manifest themselves. More focus is now being placed in developing skills to deal with problems before they arise.

As well as dealing with people in the community, psychologists also play an important role in forensic psychology. They help a great deal in settling custody disputes, criminal offences and much more. Many psychologists are also involved in training various helpers in the community in skills that will make them a more valued and useful member of that community.

There are so many different fields of interest within the psychology industry that a trained psychologist can work almost anywhere. A clinical psychologist will provide diagnostic and therapeutic service to clients who need it, often working in close proximity to the medical profession. Many clinical psychologists are based in hospitals or other medical-based organizations.

Counseling psychologists specialize in helping people to overcome problems with everyday life such as career or relationships and are often based in specialist clinics.

Educational psychologists work with pre-school and school children to help guide them through any problems they may have during the education process. Many of these are based in schools; however others work from their practices. Educational psychologists can provide help and guidance for children, parents and teachers.

Industrial psychologists study the structure of the workforce and will often be called into a workplace to view and assess any potential problems and provide solutions. They aim to maximize productivity in the work environment; therefore will need to involve themselves in the workplace.

A research psychology could be based in a university or any another educational institution. A research psychologist is involved with issues to do with society and people and use theory to understand why we do things.

As you can see, a psychologist can work within a number of different fields but it does require a certain type of person to take on this role. Primarily, a psychologist needs to be intelligent. The right candidate will excel in creative thinking, enjoy problem solving and possess the ability to analyze human behavior. You need to be a people person and genuinely be interested in human behavior and be a personable individual.

As a psychologist you can expect to work in a range of different places depending on your field of interest and your training. Many psychologists work in hospitals, community clinics, rehabilitation clinics, universities, schools, churches, business industry and within the private sector as a therapist or consultant.

Different Types of Psychologists

Psychology is -and always has been- a science that is responsive to current events. From the beginning, psychologists from all basic areas of specialization have sought to apply what they have learned to the solution of important human problems. Early in the twentieth century, French psychologist Alfred Binet developed the first modern intelligence test to help schools identify children needing special attention. After the Nazi horrors of World War II, psychologists began intensively to study obedience to authority, propaganda, prejudice, and aggression. Today, researchers study traumatic stress and other psychological consequences of terrorism.

Psychology today has a number of important domains of applications. Health psychologist, many of whom work in medical schools, study a range of problems, such as how stress affects the heart and the immune system, what coping mechanisms are most adaptive, and why people live longer if they have friends and other social connections than if they are alone. Educational psychologists study such topics as intelligence and testing, classroom management, and academic motivation. Industrial/organizational psychologists focus on human behavior in the workplace, as they study personnel selection, leadership in management, motivation, and worker productivity. Consumer psychologists focus on advertising and other aspects of behavior in the marketplace. Environment psychologists study the relationship between people and their physical surroundings-including the effects of street noise, heat, and population density. Many psychologists also work in the legal system consulting with attorneys and judges, testifying in court, teaching law schools, and researching such issues as jury selection and decision making, eyewitness identifications, and the insanity defense. As with all other basic science, psychology has strayed from the laboratories and into the real world.

A Typical Day Practicing Education Psychology – Distance Education Psychology Degree

Is a Distance Education Psychology Degree for you?

o Do you like working in school settings?
o Do you like advising and help students and parents?
o Do you like consulting school administrators?
o Are you interested in how people learn and process information?

If so, you may want to consider a degree in education psychology. Education psychologists work in a varied number of positions and settings. Careers include faculty positions at community colleges, and universities as well as managerial positions in education, training, testing and research. Looking for more specifics, read on!

A Typical Day Practicing Educational Psychology

Upon completion of my graduate degree I took on a position as the director of assessment and accountability in a local school district. My day usually started at 8am in the district office. I was responsible for coordinating all testing conduced by the district. This included all state mandated testing as well as local district level assessments.

To achieve this goal, I meet regularly with testing coordinators from each school, individuals responsible for making sure all testing ran smoothly at the school level. I would help them in their organization for testing, encourage discussion between schools and answer any questions from teachers, parents or students regarding testing procedures.

Additionally, I was responsible for all testing data analysis. This meant communicating testing results to students, parents, teachers and administrators. During the course of a work day, I would meet with many different parties.

I would meet with parents to talk about their student achievement concerns and to help them devise a study plan by identifying student weaknesses and areas in need of improvement. I would meet with teachers to talk about classroom instruction and areas for improvement. I would meet with school administrators to evaluate school performance, evaluate current curriculum and improve instruction.

Defining a typical day in the life of an educational psychologist is almost impossible. This degree allows for so many career options and each brings with it a vast array of tasks and projects. If you enjoy focusing on student achievement and like working with people, you should consider an education psychology program.

Where do I start?

Enrolling in a two year online master’s degree educational psychology program is the quickest way to become an educational psychologist. This type of program will introduce you to concepts such as research methodology, human learning, development, motivation and cognition.

Like in any other field of study a masters or doctorate degrees will give you the most job options and advancement opportunities. There are numerous online degree programs in education psychology to choose from. Consider obtaining you degree online if you like working from home, have a full time job, have a family or just like working in an online environment.

An Overview of Educational Psychology for Future Teachers

The definition of educational psychology varies but it is often associated with the study of learning within an educational environment or setting. It also deals with theories in learning, theories of teaching, ways to improve teaching effectiveness and the overall psychology of institutions like schools. Basically, in North American countries, there are two types of psychologists in schools or academic institutions. Educators who are involved in research are often known as educational psychologists. On the other hand, when an educator or teacher practice is involved in the practical application of theories of learning, they are termed as educational psychologists. Educational psychology is a wide discipline that covers any of the following areas:

1. Educational Technology

2. Curriculum Development

3. Classroom Management

4. Instructional Design

5. Special Education

6. Organizational Learning

Educational Psychology as a subject is often offered as a core subject in teacher education programs. It is very critical for any teacher to understand how students develop their learning skills. By doing so, they can plan strategies that will meet desired learning outcomes. It is also crucial for future teachers to understand the nature of human development because not all children have the same rate of mental, physical, and social development. Nowadays, a very diverse classroom pose a lot of challenges to educators due to cultural and language differences.

There are many fundamental theories that are presented when studying educational psychology. The various conceptual framework of learning theories are divided into three major groups, namely: cognitive, behaviorism, and constructivism. Each of these conceptual frameworks has its own merits and flaws. A school that focuses mainly on observable behavior in children adopts the behaviorist theory. The major proponent of this theory is John Watson. In this framework, learning is measured through observable behavior. Teachers can modify student’s behavior by applying two different types of conditioning – classical or operant conditioning.

Another important theory is educational psychology is constructivism. A constructivist educator believes that students gain knowledge through active engagement which can come in the form of problem solving. This theory has many applications in a classroom setup that can help learners achieve their learning goals.

Cognitivism is also a popular theoretical framework since it encourages in developing the mind of the learner. For the cognitivist, behavior can be influenced by thinking; hence, it is more valuable to develop cognitive skills like memorization, problem solving, and thinking to foster better learning. From the cognitivist’s view, the mind is like a computer where information is processed. Behavior is only a manifestation or a by-product of cognitive processes. While there are also critics of this theory, it has been useful for many educators through the years. It has helped teachers to understand why learners behave in a certain manner.

Through the years, many learning theories have come up which presents to educators, researchers, and school administrators more options to develop and enhance student’s academic performance. This makes educational psychology as a very exciting discipline since learners also evolve as the world around them progresses. In the end, future educators realize the very crucial role they play in transforming the lives of their students.

The best way to become a good teacher is to enroll in a reputable school that offers teaching programs. You can enroll in a bachelor’s program that specializes in early education or special education. Find a local school in your area and inquire about their program offerings.

Bloom’s Taxonomy in Education

What are the various aspects of learning that needs to be taken into account to make education wholesome and effective? Many educators, thinkers, philosophers, and psychologists have dwelt upon this question. In the modern era, Benjamin Bloom, an American educational psychologist probed the underlying principles behind learning and came out with a very systematic way of looking at learning known as the Bloom’s Taxonomy that tries to provide an elegant and comprehensive answer.

Bloom’s Taxonomy covers three domains through which a learner engages in learning, namely, the cognitive, the affective and the psycho-motor.

He divided the cognitive domain into six levels ranging from the lowest to the highest form of cognitive learning abilities.

The six levels that Benjamin Bloom identified under cognitive domain are:

1. Knowledge: Knowledge involves simply recalling or memorization of facts. For example, formulae, historical dates, key definitions, etc, can be memorized. In this rudimentary stage of learning, the learner may sometimes spew out some information that he/she remembers without completely understanding the concept. He/she may only have a vague understanding of the topic. Schools in the early 1900s focused on rote learning. This practice still continues to be the norm in many parts of the world.

2. Comprehension: In this stage, the learner demonstrates deep understanding of the concept and is able to articulate the information learnt in his or her own words. For example, a learner might be able to beautifully explain the process of photosynthesis in his or her own words after going through a detailed interactive animation on the same topic.

3. Application: In this stage, the learner after having a deep grasp of the concept is able to apply it in practical situations. For example, the learner will be able to make a simple solar cooker after learning about its principles and how to make one.

4. Analysis: Analysis involves breaking down the information that is conceptually understood and applied into smaller chunks and being able to think about it. For example, the learner might look at particular aspects of a poem that he or she is studying like the rhyme scheme or use of metaphors and similes.

5. Synthesis: Synthesis is bringing together the different concepts of a topic/group of topics into a cohesive whole after applying the learning and coming up with innovations based on the same. At this stage, one’s creativity is unleashed as the learner tries to integrate the learning from different sources. For example, the learner may come up with a new design for a space craft after a comprehensive study of aerodynamics.

6. Evaluation: Evaluation enables the learner to give critical feedback on any piece of work. For example, a self-assessment of a piece of literature that a writer has written comes under evaluation.

The affective domain is another crucial domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy which involves the emotional well-being of the learner. This is one aspect of his learning theory that has been sadly neglected in many educational systems. This involves developing the self-esteem as well as the empathy level of the learner.

The psycho-motor domain involves using one’s own hands or tools in order to find solutions and encompasses the overall physical being of the learner including coordination. Sports help in developing this domain.

We can thus conclude that if all the aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy are incorporated into the learning process, we can have a more wholesome learning outcome.

Where Did Our Educational System Go Wrong?

Math is a subject that is bound to evolve with time; however, something, somehow, did go wrong, somewhere along the line, that has resulted in the high percentile of innumeracy in our youngsters today! The mid seventies were the years when new math methodologies were introduced. Psychologists and pedagogues started looking into how they could better the educational process by implementing unproven theories. In other words experiment with our kids.

Many developing countries, which normally follow the western trend, could not keep up with changes that involved constant adaptation of new teaching methodologies. Reprinting of new textbooks and retraining of teachers, for the implementation of those groundbreaking new techniques, were not within their budget. As a result, they had no other choice but to stick with what was working for them, and kept the ball rolling. Why try to fix what is not broken?

Today, not only are we lagging behind in adequately educating our kids but also producing math teachers who do not even major in the subject. William Schmidt, University distinguished Professor of education, found that prospective U.S. elementary and middle school math teachers are not prepared as those from other countries. “And this, combined with a weak U.S. math curriculum, produces similar weak student achievement,” he said.

The secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, stated that the American kids are falling behind in those areas and may not be able to compete globally. “It has huge implications,” Duncan said, “I think as a real economic imperative we have to educate our way to a better economy.” He added, “The solution is to adopt international benchmark and standard to build data systems to measure student success and informing teachers on how to improve the practice and turn-around low performing schools.” Source CNN.

No use crying over spilled milk! What is done is done! We have to pick up the pieces and start over again. And despite the fact that it might take at least two generations to undo the harm done, we still have to retread the trodden path.

Where to start? Perhaps, laws need to be changed for starters. Not every teacher who reprimands, punishes a child for misbehavior or other, is a psycho. Not every teacher who holds a child’s hand is a child molester. Our ‘psych’ has to change and get back to ‘normal’. Where are the days when a child would think twice before telling parents that he was punished at school, for fear of being reprimanded by them?

Two Texas University education psychologists, Willson and Hughes, say: “Parents must often shoulder at least part of the blame or credit.”

Willson and Hughes suggest that parents should get more involved with the school and their child schooling in order to reduce the risk of their child being retained. They say parents can help by communicating regularly with teaches and taking some responsibility to monitor children school work and activities. Helping children with their homework can give them the confidence they need at school.

There are greater opportunities today, more than ever, for parents to get involved in their children’s education. Parents can now use the internet as a tool which abounds with resources that were not accessible only a few years ago. Moments like we are living today is the time for reflections and self analysis; a time when we desperately need to take the actions that would help forge a legacy for us to leave behind, for our future generations.