Ludhiana: On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, the teaching community has collectively voiced their opinion on the current engagement level of Indian students and also identified the critical enablers to enhance student engagement through the fourth edition of Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey, 2016. Teachers feel that 48% students in Punjab and 52% students in Haryana are not actively engaged in learning.
The survey carries significant insights from teachers that can contribute towards the larger vision of the Government of India towards ensuring quality inclusive learning and improving the learner outcomes in India. The Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2016 was conducted across the country in July-August 2016. The survey covered 29 cities in Punjab and 20 cities in Haryana.
National findings show that teachers feel that only 55% of the students are actively engaged in learning. The survey highlights the significant variation in student engagement – by institution, level and states. Teachers opine that students from government schools are far less engaged (51%) than those in private schools (67%). Further, student engagement is perceived to drop from the school level (61%) to higher education level (50%).
While the teachers (73%) feel that participation in extra-curricular activities has improved in the past five years, they perceive a noticeable decline in students’ values and ethics (42%) and discipline (38%).
The teachers (29%) feel that excessive use of personal gadgets by students and lack of parental support (12%) are the key deterrents to student engagement. The survey included 12 key inhibitors to engagement. Particularly, in private schools across India, excessive use of personal gadgets by students (27%), lack of parental support (24%) and too much pressure to perform (15%) are identified as top factors for low student engagement. Lack of parental support (43%) is a much bigger barrier to student engagement in government schools, followed by challenges faced by students outside of school/ college (13%) and their past performance (11%).
Only 49% of respondents feel that they receive adequate training to enhance learner engagement levels and inquisitiveness. Adequacy of teacher training is perceived to be much higher among school teachers (70%) than higher education teachers (30%).
Announcing the survey, Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India, said, “Being the world’s largest education company, Pearson is not only committed towards ensuring efficacy or better learning outcomes through its products and services but is also working with the education system globally to bring focus to it. The Pearson Voice of Teacher survey is a firm step in that direction, through which we engage with teachers every year to identify topical issues and suggest measures to bring effectiveness in the Indian education system. We are overwhelmed with growing relevance of this opinion platform and will continue to build it further in an effort to transform the education landscape in India.”
“While the teachers feel that excessive use of personal gadgets is an inhibitor to student engagement, interestingly, they have also shown widespread acceptance for technology aid in the learning process. This clearly calls for building a framework to effectively integrate the technology platform into traditional learning to achieve desired student engagement levels and learning outcomes”, Mehrotra added.
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