Theme-based learning new trend
Oxford University Press after 14 months of intensive research has launched Oxford Advantage, an integrated learning solution for the students of CBSE schools that will help them with a comprehensive educational toolkit and serve as an end-to-end solution for their various educational needs.
Hyderabad: Oxford University Press after 14 months of intensive research has launched Oxford Advantage, an integrated learning solution for the students of CBSE schools that will help them with a comprehensive educational toolkit and serve as an end-to-end solution for their various educational needs.
Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, India, who was in city for the launch talking to Young Hans said, “There are many private and public schools in Telangana which try to give their students best skills and knowledge to compete in the world and the Oxford Advantage is one such tool which will help both teachers and students to understand the academics in a better way.”
- An integrated learning solution for schools aligned to the CBSE curriculum
- Includes interactive content in print and digital formats
- Cross-disciplinary, theme- and activity-based modules to support conceptual learning
- Professional development and training support for teachers are in-built in the learning solution
Oxford University Press has tie-up with more than 250 schools in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and 23,000 schools across the country are following the Oxford curriculum.
Asked why should any school prefer the new Oxford Advantage programme, Sivaramakrishnan V replied, “KG to Class 12 education is going through major changes in India and in coming 10 years majority of schools will opt for digitised learning and Oxford Advantage is a digitised platform based on a distinctive approach that is centered on the concept of integrated or blended learning—its modules are designed to be cross-disciplinary, theme and activity-based, aid-conceptual learning—all of which will be delivered through differentiated learning strategies that are supported with reports and analytics.”
Oxford Advantage is aligned to the CBSE curriculum and as part of its holistic approach includes curriculum content both in print and digital mediums.
It also includes lesson plans, question banks, test generator, teacher training and professional development modules, assessment tools for use in school and at home, apps for students, and parents and provision for reports among other features help track the students’ progress throughout the academic year.
Sharing his views on the present scenario of Indian education system, Sivaramakrishnan V said, “Schools have to come out of the compartmental route strategies and encourage innovation and scientific temper among children. Theme-based teaching is the most effective method being practiced by many countries today.”
Explaining further about theme-based learning he said, “If a Class III child is learning about human body in biology, he will be learning the same topic in other subjects too. For example, in math he might be calculating the number of organs, bones and teeth.
While in languages child will have an interesting and informative story on the human body; with this student will not only enjoy the subjects but also will understand it perfectly.”
He further noted, “Oxford Advantage focuses heavily on teacher community given the pivotal role they play in Indian school education system, by helping them maintain an ascending learning curve through a sustained, planned programme of professional development and training workshops.”
Oxford Advantage is designed as per the Oxford University Press quality standards and will be offered for Classes I to III in the current year, going up to Class VIII over the next two years.
Subjects being offered for Classes I and II are English, Hindi, Environmental Sciences and Mathematics while class III subjects include English, Hindi, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.