Conditions for improving education in India today are more favourable and necessary than ever before as the government is responsible for giving quality education to all the children in the age group of 6-14 years. Lakhs of out of school children are expected to join the mainstream schooling and sit in an age appropriate classroom. Nobody at present is equipped to deal with this situation as we have very little classroom data to guide us in inventing strategies for teaching children from varied backgrounds. Hence there is a critical need for classroom research aimed at finding culturally relevant pedagogical practices.
In India there is hardly any classroom research going on as teachers are considered to be agents delivering the ‘given’. As teaching is a cultural activity, the research should be done at the classroom level by the teacher in the context of the culture of the children and not by pure academicians working in controlled situations. Today teachers do many innovative things in their classrooms. If mentored and systematically developed, teachers can become researchers.
The government too keeps on encouraging research through Navopakrams and action researches. Below are the reports of the Navopakrams and action researches done by some of the teachers from PSS. The reports of the research work of the CLLC fellows are also available for reading.