I seek ways to improve the teaching and learning of science in schools and informal settings. In designing better ways to convey science to children and adults we inevitably confront questions of cognitive origin: like, How do we learn? Why do we learn certain things easily and not others? Do children have their own ways of learning and reasoning and could we build on these? These questions lead us further to inquire into classroom interactions and sociocultural issues in education. Finally we ask, what kinds of knowledge resources and modes of thinking are useful for professional development of science teachers?
The Homi Bhabha Curriculum for Primary Science is an outcome of this research and development. In collaboration with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR we provide support to schools and teachers who are implementing this curriculum across the country.
As part of TIFR Hyderabad’s Outreach program we work with two neighbouring schools of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) to support meaningful, laboratory-based science learning.