National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions
1. INTRODUCTION In the early sixties, the then Department of Extension Programme for Secondary Education launched a Scheme entitled “Seminar Readings Programme for Teachers and Heads of Secondary Schools.” The scheme provided an opportunity to teachers to write detailed papers in English or in any other modern Indian language on teaching procedures or techniques,which they found most effective. There was a provision of 100 cash prizes of Rs. 2,000/- each (70 for school teachers: 50 for elementary level and 20 at secondary level, and 30 for teacher educators: 20 for elementary teacher educators and 10 for secondary teacher educators). The scheme was reviewed by the NCERT during 2005-07 with the help of faculty members of RIEs and some external experts in the area of school education and teacher education. The review led to the reformulation of the Scheme as „All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions.‟
OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME The main objectives of the scheme are to: sensitise teachers and teacher educators about the potential of innovative practices and experiments for improvement of teaching-learning;
encourage teachers and teacher educators to try out innovative ideas and practices for improvement of different areas of school education and teacher education; encourage teachers and teacher educators to identify problems they face in their teaching learning process and adopt a realistic approach to find their solutions; create an environment in schools and teacher education institutions to ensure sustainability of innovation;
WHAT IS AN INNOVATION? Innovation is typically understood as the introduction of something new and useful, for example, introducing new strategies or modified methods, techniques, practices, products and services. The definitions of innovation include: Process of making improvements by introducing something new; Process of implementing new ideas for improvement of teaching learning process; An idea, strategy, method or device; Changes that create a new dimension of performance in any aspect of teaching learning; and A creative idea that is realized through the use of alternative strategies or techniques. Capabilities of realising a desired change continuously in order to sustain it over a period of time.
Develop innovative strategies for classroom management leading to an improvement in the organizational climate or better use of available resources in the class or school;
ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION Teachers and teacher educators from recognized schools/teacher education institutions at all stages are eligible to participate in the Scheme: School Teachers Any teacher of Pre-school (pre-primary), Elementary (primary and upper primary), secondary and senior secondary school recognised by State Board/CBSE or any other recognised Board; and Teacher of any recognised Special Education School. Teacher Educators Teacher educators of Teacher Education Institutions at Pre-primary/Primary/ Upper primary/Secondary level offering Teacher Education Programmes; Teacher educators of Colleges of Education including CTEs, IASEs and University Departments of Education offering B.Ed./M.Ed., B.El.Ed., B.A.B.Ed. and B.Sc.Ed. programmes; and Faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) and State Institutes of Education (SIEs) offering teacher education programmes. 6. NUMBER OF AWARDS For School Teachers 40 a. Pre-primary/Primary/Elementary school 20 b. Secondary/Senior Secondary Schools 20 For Teacher Educators 20 a. Teacher Education Institutions at Pre-primary/Primary/Elementary levels 10 b. Teacher Education Institutions at Secondary level 10 Total number of Awards 60 5 7. SUBMISSION OF PROJECT PROPOSALS Teachers and teacher educators shall submit project proposal in given format to the Principal, Regional Institute of Education (RIE) of the region concerned (Annexure-1) latest by 31st July every year. The project proposal should be submitted in the following format:
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT Teachers and teacher educators, whose project proposals have been approved, will implement their proposal. Selected schools/institutions will be visited by NCERT faculty for on-the-spot observation and interaction with the Project coordinator/Head of the school/institution etc. 10. THE RULES i. A teacher or a teacher educator can undertake only one project during a particular year. ii. The innovation should be based on the original work of individual. iii. The Project Report should be of approximately 5,000 words excluding appendices. iv. The Project Report along with its summary in about 500 words needs to be submitted. v. The Project Report may be written in English/Hindi or any other regional language. However, the profile of the institution must be attached as given in English or Hindi even if the paper is written in a regional language. vi. In case the report is written in regional language, the title should also be given in English/Hindi. vii. The award will be given to the Teacher/Teacher educator (Project Coordinator). The project coordinator and Head of the school/institution would be invited to present the report in the National Seminar.
FORMAT OF THE PROJECT REPORT The project report needs to be included: a) Genesis In this section, teachers/teacher educators may briefly describe the background of the project, specifying the rationale for undertaking it. b) Preparatory work/designing of the innovations Teachers/Teacher educators may describe the preparatory activities undertaken for the execution of the project. Obviously, the preparatory work shall include mobilisation of required resources-human as and material. c) Execution of the Project Teachers/teacher educators need to narrate how the project was implemented and what activities were undertaken during different phases. The title of the Project and objectives of the Project needs to be stated in clear terms. Limitations and problems or difficulties, if any, may also be brought out. d) Results/Outcomes Teachers/teacher educators should clearly bring out the results achieved through the execution of the project and highlight if there is enough evidence indicative of improvement in some aspect of its work students learning outcomes, classroom management, inter-personal relationships, etc. e) Conclusions and Implications In this section, the teachers/teacher educators need to summarize the results and bring out educational implications for institutional improvement and specify the strategy to be adopted for sustainability of the innovation. f) References/Bibliography 8 The project report should specifically reflect the following: a) Imagination and creativity in the selection of the problem/project. b) Clarity in the statement of the study. c) Rationale for designing the innovation and its objectives. d) Effective and meaningful presentation and organization of content. e) Results/findings/ and conclusions in clear words. f) Educational implications of the innovation, especially its utility for teachers, teacher-educators, students, student-teachers, parents and society. g) Plan for ensuring sustainability of the innovation. Teachers/Teacher educators should submit a certificate in the prescribed Performa from the Head of the institution where the innovation has been implemented. 11. SUBMISSION OF THE PROJECT REPORT Two copies of the project report in about 5000 words and its summary in about 500 words and a copy each of Annexures duly filled in should be sent to the Head, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110 016 before the suggested last date. 12. EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT REPORT Teachers and teacher educators, whose project proposals are approved, will implement their proposal and submit project report to Head, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016 for evaluation. Project Coordinator and Head of the School/Institute will be invited to present the report in National Seminar. The final selection for giving a cash award of Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand only) and certificate will bebased on combined assessment rating of project report and its presentation in the National Seminar. For Further Information Contact: Head/Project Coordinator Department of Teacher Education, NCERT Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110 016 Phone No. 011-26567320