Monday, 3 November 2014

Non-formal Science Education.

Non-formal Science Education.
Prepared by
M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Assistant Professor in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
Attur, Thrissur.
Non-formal education is the learning that occurs in a formal learning environment, but that is not formally recognized within a curriculum or syllabus framework. Non-formal education is achieved in exhibitions, workshops, extracurricular courses and seminar. Non-formal education helps to meet the individual needs of students. Participants are led to non-formal programs because they hope to obtain knowledge and the necessary assistance for a better understanding of the subject. This type of education is often sought when the schools do not equip the student to practically apply what is learned in the schools.
Non-formal education leads to continuous improvement, motivation and engagement, in addition to practically applying the concept in the workplace. It prepares the students in a short span of time to learn the life skills that can be used in the corporate scenario and enhance their growth within the organization and avails new opportunity to develop their career.
For Example Exhibitions, enhance creative thinking and provides students the willpower to organize and find out innovations. Symposium, on the other hand,  helps the learners to get assistance to problematic themes and topics and help the student to think and improve on such themes .Extracurricular activity, especially at schools, helps the students to raise the self-esteem, develop solid relationship skills, and learn time management skills; thus, the students are made to contribute to the society.

We need to create systems that encourage our pupils and student how to think, not just what to think; we need to foster greater awareness of the history of ideas and we need to reinvigorate scientists with as sense of social responsibility.