Under the theme of 'Education for Sustainable Society,' the Department of Education organized a day-long international online conference titled 'Educational Sciences and Research' on August 6.
The conference aimed at highlighting global innovations and trends in education for transforming a society into a sustainable one. It provided a platform for exchanging and sharing research experiences and results in all aspects of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences.
In addition to an inaugural and concluding session, ten parallel academic sessions were arranged in which scholars presented about 90 research papers with an attempt to generate a scholarly debate and a productive deliberation on revamping education for a sustainable future.
- There is a need to reset educational goals for transformative education by bridging the gap between latest research with practices, revisiting curricula, adopting latest teaching skills and approaches, instil commitment and inculcate values among teachers and students for establishing a sustainable society.
- A values-based education system should be developed to bring about a positive change in society.
- The major educational challenge of the 21st century is the acquisition of new sets of skills required by students and teachers alike. To cope with this challenge, we need to take stock of the prevailing paradigms of learning in Pakistan. There has always been a difference of opinion about the goals, dynamics and assessment of education. This difference has its roots competing for philosophical positions that construct, justify and rationalize particular educational approaches.
- To promote Education for Sustainability and the 21st century economy, create learning experiences in which students can build knowledge and develop beneficial skills required for solving complex problems.
- There is a need to provide students with iSTEM learning opportunities that can enhance focus on computational thinking while incorporating relevant science, and engineering design thinking as the impetus of iSTEM.
- Transformative learning promotes objective knowledge of the world and subjective knowledge of the inner self while these two together could form holistic knowledge.
- To achieve goals, only knowledge is not necessary, but we also need moral and ethical values to reach where we want to.
- Teachers, the agent of transformation and sustainable education, should see a significant reduction in dropout rates. We need to emphasize the fact that one size does not fit all.
- There is no consensus upon one policy for sustainability education, but there is a broad consensus that it requires a shift towards active, participative, and experiential learning methods that engage the learner and make a real difference to their ability to act.
About the Speakers
- Dr Paul A Asunda, Associate Professor, Department of Technology Leadership, and Innovation (TLI), Purdue University, USA.
- Dr Peter Charles Taylor, Adjunct Professor, Australia, School of Education, Murdoch University.
- Dr Cusrow J Dubash, Vice Rector, FC College.
- Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, NUML.
- Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Director, Institute of Education and Research, Punjab University.
- Dr Nasir Mehmood, Dean, Faculty of Education, AIOU .