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What Can Developed Countries Learn from Developing Education Systems?

1 DEC 2014
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While the West often boasts of their superior education system, the staff at TED have interviewed education workers who agree that the West has something to learn from students and teachers in developing nations. Teachers Adam Braun of the US and Sugata Mitra of India, have revealed what they found helps students learn better—as a result of having taught in developing nations then using their techniques in Western classrooms.

  1. While the Western model often has a teacher standing before 30+ students, it is not uncommon for students in India to teach each other. Teaching is an inherent part of the learning process.
  2. Education systems such as the Chinese model, put great emphasis on physical breaks in between studies. In developing countries, children won’t often each have a desk, so education is much more active than in the West, where students sit at desks for most of the school day.
  3. Reading is often a mixture of auditory and visual cues, and adding sign language to the mix makes for better retention of reading material.

As for what developing countries can teach Western nations about education, there were three points made:

  1. Developing countries have fewer resources, meaning students are forced to interact with each other.
  2. Reading together (such as on a large screen like a SMART Board) actually improves reading skills and retention.
  3. Not discouraging children from talking during class, or cooperating on class assignments leads to better results. One student specifically mentioned that hearing her peers’ voices during class actually let her feel relaxed and do her work.

In what other ways can the Western education system use different tactics?

Source: Blog