Experts from of an international firm, Prometric testing, are of an opinion that computational teaching can foster higher-order thinking skills among the students.
The Indian education system needs a change. The demand for this change is greater than just establishing more schools and universities.
Students hardly focus on learning what they are being taught. Their main focus is scoring well in exams. An international firm, Prometric, believes that the 21st century requires flexible mindsets. Experts at the computer-based examination service provider are certain that students should be trained in such a way that they can adapt to the rapid change.
An expert at Prometric said, “A major problem of the education system in India is the teaching style. The mainstream education process is incapable of producing thinkers required in today’s world. Students should be taught in a way that enables them to act ideally.”
The firm suggests that computational thinking (CT) can combat challenges that the education system currently encounters. Computational thinking is the thought process involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer—human or machine—can effectively carry out. For developing learners in the 21st century, Indian schools need the constructivist approach of CT.
The expert from Prometric added, “Introducing CT education in India can bring a huge transformation to schools. The teaching process needs to impart high-order thinking skills among the students, and CT can play an efficient role to fill the gaps. I believe that it is mainly important in the Indian context. This will not just enhance the job seekers, but will also promote job-makers.”
Why is computational thinking important in India?
Computational thinking is a global trend and various countries have integrated it. With increasing productivity, other countries are moving ahead, and India can’t afford to lag behind.
It develops the thinking skills of students. For cultivating higher order thinking skills, it is important to teach computational thinking to the students from an early age.
A CT course can be adapted even in settings with low resources. Moreover, CS unplugged includes activities to teach computational concepts to the students without any technology. This makes it easy for the education system to apply them even in the government schools of India.
It is a route to better teaching. Teachers often learn the ways of teaching CT and impart knowledge efficiently. However, a majority of students in India do not experience interactive teaching. It is time Indian teachers change their methods.
A strategist from Prometric believes that computational thinking in India is feasible. He said that schools can attain quality CT education, if the government adopts it as an essential part of the prospectus. Providing the services of computerized examinations, the firm is making its contribution to help ensure the Indian education system is ready for the 21st century.
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