EDUCON 2012 Report

World Conference on Shaping a Future Classroom: A Global Perspective: Outcomes and Resolutions

The first World Conference of Global Educational Research Association (GERA) was held at Faculty of Education and Humanities, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab on the theme Shaping a Future Classroom: A Global Perspective on 6 – 8 April 2012 which was attended by over 1200 participants representing 25 states of India and 12 countries. The conference provided a platform to the delegates not only in presenting their papers through dialogue mode in the technical sessions but also provided them opportunities to interact with distinguished academicians through different sessions such as pre-conference diashop, plenary sessions, virtual sessions, online sessions, panel discussion, special session for educational administrators & school students and collective wisdom session.


The inaugural session was addressed by distinguished educators and leaders in the field of education such as Prof. Ram Takwale, Ex Vice Chancellor, IGNOU and Yeswantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik; Prof. B K Passi, former Professor of UNESCO chair, Bangkok and President of GERA; Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women University, Mumbai; Shri Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, LPU; Smt. Rashmi Mittal, Pro Chancellor, LPU; Prof. R. Kanwar, Vice Chancellor, LPU and Prof. S K Bawa, Organizing Secretary of the conference.

 

The conference had four virtual sessions on various themes of classroom processes and transaction held by Prof. Bruce Joyce from Georgia State University, US; Prof. Kit Field from University of Wolverhampton, UK; Prof. Lucas Ritzel from IMI, Switzerland and Prof. Basanti Chakrabarti from US. A glimpse on the importance of self-help group on educational initiatives was a prime attention through a video capsule of Bunker Roy. Prof. S P Malhotra, President of AIAER and Prof. A K Awasthi, Director of Center for Canadian Studies, Central University of Saugor, MP; were the prime movers of collective wisdom sessions deliberated by educational practitioners.

 

The conference also provided a forum to recognize the contribution of distinguished writers and educators through academic awards. Prof. B.P. Sharma memorial award instituted by Psycholinguistic Association was conferred upon Prof. S. K. Bawa and Prof. J.S. Walia whereas lifetime contribution award was bestowed upon Prof. B.K. Passi and Prof. S.P. Malhotra. The valedictory session was addressed by Prof. I J S Bansal, Scientist and President, Punjab Academy of Sciences and graced by Prof. Mahesh Bhargava, President, Psycholinguistic Association of India, Agra. On completion of the conference, the next day, the willing delegates were taken to visit the prestigious Golden Temple shrine at Amritsar and the popular Wagha border at Attari neighboring Pakistan.

 

The salient points emerged out of the deliberations held in various technical sessions included creating experienced centered and activity based classrooms, diligent use of ICT tools in teaching-learning, peaceful classroom environment, modification of teacher selection criteria, integration of yoga in school curriculum, adopting flexible curriculum and instructional strategies, enhancing institutional collaboration at national and international levels, focus on self and peer assessment, promotion of value education through curriculum and pedagogical interventions, collaborative learning and cooperative learning, promoting interdisciplinary knowledge and research, inclusive classroom and providing life skills education.  The future classroom should create a fine blending of knowledge, skills and human values through use of emerging and new technologies. The overall deliberations and expressions of experts in various sessions led to arrive at the following resolutions:  

  • The future classroom should deploy need based technical networking along with social network which would lead to the well being of all, maintain a balance between the privileged and the under-privileged, and between global and local strategies.
  • It should integrate the formal, informal and non formal modes of education propagating love, compassion and human values through a holistic approach.
  • The educational decisions should be based on collective wisdom rather than individualistic orientations. The instructional approach should be more inspirational than directional.
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