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Business News/ Politics / News/  Beyond the classroom

The performance of a student is governed by factors such as parents’ cooperation and teachers’ educational background, too. As the world changes, learning from books alone may not be sufficient to build a career or for a creative pursuit in the course of one’s life.

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Learning while having fun

Educationists, teachers, industry experts and students believe a teacher’s educational background is key to developing a better understanding of a subject taught in the classroom.

The background factors

Teachers’ Background


School Background

Students’ reading habits

Reading preferences

Reading newspapers

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Most popular sports

They believe co-scholastic activities make learning fun and are in favour of promoting the idea of “learning while doing". If you want students to be creative, there should be equal emphasis on beyond the classroom.

Sports should not be considered an extra-curricular activity. For holistic education, it must be a part of the main curricula. Schools or parents should not feel that if a student wants to become an engineer or a scientist, he can easily avoid playing games. Like coursework, it should be assessed regularly for complete growth of a student. The silver lining is that things have started changing.


The problem is evident in the term “co-scholastic" itself. Our children spend a significant part of their formative years in school, supposedly preparing for life. But life has so many different motivations, experiences and goals to offer—not only learning a few subjects. Why dismiss everything else as unimportant or mere accessories to subject learning—or co-scholastic?


One of the purposes of this study was to broaden the domain of what is considered quality education. Schools also partly shape how we view others and their problems—in the immediate community or in society. Through co-scholastic areas, highlighted today, we learn how to appreciate, have fun, work in groups and take a win or loss in stride. Shouldn’t we see these as an integral part of this fuzzy word—quality?


The knowledge base and a better qualification background of a teacher is important for the students’ understanding of a subject. The teacher is the key person who directly communicates with students. Learning through sports is like having fun while studying a subject.

Wipro Applying Thought in Schools is a social initiative of Wipro’s working on school education reform. Educational Initiatives (EI) is one of South Asia’s leading educational research organizations that works for improving student learning in schools. Click hereto download the complete QES report.

Graphics by Ahmed Raza Khan/Mint


Also See | Beyond the classroom (PDF)

Also See | The education challenge

Education for creativity

Learning environments

A cause for concern

The classroom conundrum

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Updated: 16 Dec 2011, 12:50 PM IST
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