NCERT to Prepare Working Paper on Maths as a Tool for Computational Thinking
The National Council of
Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is preparing a working paper on
teaching mathematics to develop computational thinking in school students, according to
Prof Sreedhar Sreevastava, Director of NCERT.
Inaugurating the 9th National Conference on Mathematics Education organised by the Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal on 20th December in virtual mode Prof Sreevastava said that the New Educational Policy 2020 enables students to schools and colleges to put mathematics in a basket of courses and not confined to engineering or science courses alone. It can now be combined with humanities, social sciences, psychology, Sanskrit or other languages or arts.
Compared to other subjects mathematics is abstract and hence an interest in learning has to be developed by teachers so that students experience an inner motivation to learn, understand and apply them by observing the surroundings.
At school, a child may have computational skills but whether the mathematics is presented in an interesting manner to them at that stage of learning is important.
The event was presided over by
Prof Nityananda Pradhan, Principal, RIE, Bhopal and attended by teachers and
heads of institutions from across the country.
India Needs Original Thinkers
Teaching and learning mathematics is not about attaining marks and grades as per a prefixed syllabus with questions and answers but to develop original thinking. “India needs original thinkers for the future,” Prof Sreevastava said. The importance of teaching mathematics is to develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities, he added.