29 July, 2021

The Interruption As Window of Opportunity

Now is the time to fashion a new conceptual vocabulary for young learners to connect with the academy’s ruminative, democratic, inclusive, dialogic and intellectual promise

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The Interruption As Window of Opportunity
outlookindia.com
2021-06-25T13:16:23+05:30

The cancellation of school board ­examinations presents, somewhat ironically, a window of opportunity to rethink admission ­procedures and practices for the higher ­education space. As HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) still wrestle with the tectonic ­impact of Covid that disrupted established modes of functioning, millions of potential school leavers grapple with the myriad anxieties of uncertain futures. For the freshman undergraduate cohort of 2020, college as a community of learning and collaborative imagination ­embedded in the collective consciousness evaporated into the experience of the academy as truncated and ­interrupted. The aspirational context for individual agency dissolved into an alienating mirage.

The online teaching-learning necessitated by Covid lockdowns and HEI closures has had its own sets of challenges, leaving both teachers and students largely dissatisfied. Where education shifted from class to home, students with special needs, women students with care responsibilities, those dependent on ‘work study’ incomes,...

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