Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning
Education in rural areas: benefits enjoyed by the children in the rural areas and the issues faced by them, solutions for the same, and the teaching methodologies used in the class
Sai Shri Ramamurthy
This paper discusses about the benefits enjoyed by the children in the rural areas and the issues faced by them. The case study and action research was carried out by the coordinator of the PU college in a rural district near Bangalore. The strength of the classroom was 15 students, a hybrid group of students with different learning styles, slow learners and students with learning disabilities, moderate learners and fast learners. There is gender bias in some of the families against both the genders. The language skills seemed to be honed by the activities conducted like movie reviews and vocabulary building exercises. Before planning a lesson plan, the interests and hobbies of the students were studied and lesson plans were carefully devised considering the same. Bilingual method of teaching and one on one approach was also used. Different methods of teaching were adopted like inverted classroom technique, jigsaw method of teaching, structure and function approach, enquiry training model of teaching were used along with concept maps and mind maps. Students were divided into different groups and a subject teacher was assigned to each group thereby it is easier to give attention to a smaller group than the entire class and all the teachers and the students were engaged throughout the week after the regular classes to help the students learn. The students in the rural areas seem to better utilise the limited facilities available to them. The same methods were used to teach a set of students in Bangalore urban district, the class average was just 60% and in the rural district near Bangalore the class average was 86%.
Keywords: Gender bias, language skills, fun activities, teaching methodologies.