Teaching Science: Open the Lab, Pick Up the Trash (podcast)

In the third episode Arvind Gupta is in conversation with Vivek Vellanki. In this fun and loaded conversation, Arvind Gupta discusses his own personal journey into education, science teaching, the role of trash and toys in science education, and children’s literature. While talking about science education, he says, “It is a sham, the way we have approached science [education]. Before a child comes to school, the child has done a lot of science. The school has no way of knowing what the child has done and we have this standard, boring curriculum which we try and plaster onto every child.”

Click on the play button below to listen to the audio or you can download the ‘mp3’ file.

About Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta has won awards for his lifelong popularising of science and contributions in designing science teaching aids for young children. These include the inaugural National Award for Science Popularization amongst Children (1988), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur in 2001, the Indira Gandhi Award for Science Popularization conferred by the Indian National Science Academy (2008), the TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences) Regional Prize for Public Understanding and Popularization of Science (2010). At present, he works at the Children’s Science Centre located in the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune, India. His website (www.arvindguptatoys.com) has a huge collection of books, videos and other material.

Source: Wikipedia and The Better India website

In the third episode Arvind Gupta is in conversation with Vivek Vellanki. In this fun and loaded conversation, Arvind Gupta discusses his own personal journey into education, science teaching, the role of trash and toys in science education, and children’s literature. While talking about science education, he says, “It is a sham, the way we have approached science [education]. Before a child comes to school, the child has done a lot of science. The school has no way of knowing what the child has done and we have this standard, boring curriculum which we try and plaster onto every child.”

Click on the play button below to listen to the audio or you can download the ‘mp3’ file.

About Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta has won awards for his lifelong popularising of science and contributions in designing science teaching aids for young children. These include the inaugural National Award for Science Popularization amongst Children (1988), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur in 2001, the Indira Gandhi Award for Science Popularization conferred by the Indian National Science Academy (2008), the TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences) Regional Prize for Public Understanding and Popularization of Science (2010). At present, he works at the Children’s Science Centre located in the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune, India. His website (www.arvindguptatoys.com) has a huge collection of books, videos and other material.

Source: Wikipedia and The Better India website

About Dialoging Education

“Dialoging Education” is (a podcast) driven by a vision of generating dialogue in pursuit of an education system that is equitable, democratic, and addresses questions of social justice. By interviewing teachers, teacher educators, research scholars and others related to the field, we hope to bring an eclectic range of ideas and voices that would, hopefully, interest many.

“Dialoging Education” is (a podcast) driven by a vision of generating dialogue in pursuit of an education system that is equitable, democratic, and addresses questions of social justice. By interviewing teachers, teacher educators, research scholars and others related to the field, we hope to bring an eclectic range of ideas and voices that would, hopefully, interest many.

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