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Education in focus: South Asia British Council

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    Episode 8: In-Service Teacher Development

    Episode 8: In-Service Teacher Development

    In this episode, Rahat Rizwan, Director Programmes-Education, CARE International, Pakistan discussed typical in-service teacher development models in Pakistan, and then Rob Lewis interviews Professor Simon Borg to find out more about approaches that work in teacher professional development.

    The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:

    ‘Tanggap, tiklop, tago’ (receive, fold, keep): Perceptions of best practice in ELT INSET. (British Council, 2012): http://bit.ly/2ZXI6m1

    Zepeda, S. J. (2019). Professional development: What works (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge. http://bit.ly/2QxvyyW

    Walter, C. and Briggs J.G. What professional development makes the most difference to teachers? (OUP, 2012): http://bit.ly/2SYHBqs

    Borg, S. Teacher evaluation: Global perspectives and their implications for English language teaching: A literature review (British Council 2018):  http://bit.ly/39MvP8L

    British Council Continuing Professional Development Framework for teachers and teacher educators:  http://bit.ly/2Qtf0rC

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    Education in focus: South Asia is a podcast series aiming to promote a better understanding of relevant research, key challenges and innovations related to improving teaching and learning in South Asia. It includes episodes on areas such as ‘Raising students’ learning outcomes’, ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Technology in education’.

    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 27 min
    Episode 7: Use Of Technology In Education

    Episode 7: Use Of Technology In Education

    ‘It’s not about technology. It’s about what technology enables you to do.’ Dr Gary Motteram, University of Manchester

    This episode examines the increasingly prominent role of digital technology in education in South Asia. After hearing from Ayesha Kabeer of DevTrio Consultants, Pakistan, Professor Simon Borg interviews Dr Gary Motteram, considering how to manage obstacles which new technology might bring, and make the most of the opportunities it undoubtedly offers. 

    The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:


    Ertmer, P. Addressing first- and second-order barriers to change: Strategies for technology integration. Educational Technology Research and Development. Volume 4, No. 4 (1999), pp47-61: http://bit.ly/2ZWKQQE

    Students, computers and learning (OECD, 2015): http://bit.ly/2FDkzOd

    Ilm on wheels (Center for Education Innovations, 2012): http://bit.ly/2Qttvvu

    Motteram, G. (ed). Teaching and technology: case studies from India (British Council, 2017): http://bit.ly/36vo6dd


    Education in focus: South Asia is a podcast series aiming to promote a better understanding of relevant research, key challenges and innovations related to improving teaching and learning in South Asia. It includes episodes on areas such as ‘Inclusive education’, ‘Raising learning outcomes’ and ‘Educational planning’.

    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 28 min
    Episode 6: Educational Planning

    Episode 6: Educational Planning

    ‘Effective educational planning means that time, money and energy are used productively to genuinely improve the outcomes of education for individuals … and for the nation.’ Dr Martin Wedell, University of Leeds

    Planning underpins any educational system, and our guests in this episode, Dr Rukmini Banerjee, CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, and Dr Martin Wedell, University of Leeds, draw on their extensive experience and talk about planning cycles, frameworks and lessons that can be learnt from research in the area.

    The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:

    The fourth Sustainable Development Goal (United Nations, 2015) http://bit.ly/2LfFiuD

    Education policy planning process and applied framework (UNESCO, 1995): http://bit.ly/2SWc8oV

    Pasi Sahlberg, P. (2014). Finnish Lessons Mark 2: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland. Teachers College Press: New York. http://bit.ly/2Quutrz

    DFID Education Policy 2018: Get Children Learning (DFID, 2018) - see Section 4: http://bit.ly/2QVbFjY
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    Education in focus: South Asia is a podcast series aiming to promote a better understanding of relevant research, key challenges and innovations related to improving teaching and learning in South Asia. It includes episodes on areas such as ‘Inclusive education’, ‘Raising learning outcomes’ and ‘Technology in education’.

    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 25 min
    Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

    Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

    ‘Students need a minimum of six years of mother tongue education before this can be replaced by an international language such as English.’ Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh, University of South Australia

    This episode explores the factors behind the push for EMI in South Asia and worldwide, whether it is beneficial for children’s education and when and how to introduce English as a second language. Join Rob Lewis and Professor Simon Borg as they speak to Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Professor of Multilingualism, University of Reading, Ernesto Macaro, Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford and Kathleen Heugh, Associate Professor at the University of South Australia.

    The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:

    The research project Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India. http://bit.ly/2OK5GyK

    Multilingualism and multiliteracy in primary education in India: a discussion of some methodological challenges of an interdisciplinary research project http://bit.ly/2LiOOwO

    Read these recent British Council publications investigating different aspects of EMI:

    English as a medium of instruction - a global phenomenon  http://bit.ly/2rQ1pRw

    English language and medium of instruction in basic education in low and middle-income countries: a British Council perspective http://bit.ly/2rYuASb

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    Education in focus: South Asia is a podcast series aiming to promote a better understanding of relevant research, key challenges and innovations related to improving teaching and learning in South Asia. It includes episodes on areas such as ‘Raising students’ learning outcomes’, ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Technology in education’.


    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 25 min
    Episode 4: 21st Century Skills

    Episode 4: 21st Century Skills

    Preparing young people for the workplace they will find when finishing their education has, for some time now, cast a spotlight on what are often called ‘21st century skills’. Interviewees this episode explore why these skills are so important to the region, as well as some essential considerations when aiming to incorporate them into curricula. Join Rob Lewis and Professor Simon Borg as they interview Dr Tara Béteille, Senior Economist at the World Bank, Shankar Adhikari, Curriculum Officer, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal, and Dr Akanksha Bapna, Founder and CEO, Evaldesign.

    The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:

    Ready to Learn. Ready to Thrive. Before School, In School and Beyond School in South Asia. (World Bank, 2019) http://bit.ly/R2LR2TiSaBS

    Enhancing youth employability: What? Why? and How? Guide to core work skills. (International Labour Organisation, 2013): http://bit.ly/EYEWWH

    Partners in Life Skills Education: Conclusions from a United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting. World Health Organization. 1999: http://bit.ly/PiLSE   

    Framework for 21st Century Learning. (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009): http://bit.ly/FfC21L

    OECD Learning Compass framework: http://bit.ly/OECDLCF

    The Handbook on Measuring 21st Century Skills: http://bit.ly/THoMC21S
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    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 30 min
    Episode 3: Inclusive education

    Episode 3: Inclusive education

    Simon Borg interviews Phil Dexter, who spent many years leading in this area for the British Council, to find out about definitions of inclusive education, what good inclusive education policy might look like, and what it means in the classroom. We also hear from Huma Masood of UNESCO, to find out more about inclusive education policy and practice in the South Asia region.

    Links:
    • The Salamanca statement and framework for action on special needs education (UNESCO, 1994): http://bit.ly/SALASTAT
    • British Council Continuing Professional Development Framework for teachers: http://bit.ly/BCCPD
    • N for nose: state of the education report for India 2019; children with disabilities:http://bit.ly/NforNose

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    The views and opinions expressed and information given in the Education in focus: South Asia podcast series are solely those of participants involved in each episode. They do not necessarily represent those of the British Council. The British Council is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy any of the information provided by guests.

    • 26 min

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