Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 26, 2008 -- Ian Chambers, CIE Regional Manager for South Asia, opened the conference, and the key note address was given by Sue Swaffield, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. She spoke about her research into student-centred learning and how to implement it in the classroom.
The student-centred approach puts the learner at the heart of the learning process, and so is central to the Cambridge philosophy. It promotes autonomy in the classroom, so that students are able to take responsibility for their work, and play an active role in their own development.
Students from Mallya Aditi International School, Vibgyor High School, Jamnabai Narsee School and Avalon Heights International School presented examples of their classroom projects to the delegates in order to show the positive impact of the student-centred approach on their learning.
The delegates were impressed by the content of the sessions, and the interactive workshops enabled them to discuss how to apply the theory to the classroom. Mrs Sarojini Rao, Principal, Indus International School, said: "This conference reinforces our belief in personalised learning, which is about creating deep experiences and deep learning for our students. This type of learning would not be possible without collaborative networking in forums like this."
Dr Bindu Hari, Senior Principal and Director of The International School Bangalore, commented: "Students who understand the assessment process and have a part to play in it are likely to be engaged, responsive learners, which accelerates their learning. This conference was well-organised, and extremely well attended. Kudos to CIE!"
In his closing remarks, Kevin Stannard, CIE Director, said: "CIE aims to support schools by providing a flexible curriculum framework, and to promote active and autonomous learning by putting the student at the heart of syllabus design. Conferences like this one allow us to share ideas and learn from each other. We share with schools a common purpose - transformative education, and a common focus - the student."