This project explores the possibility of a design intervention which can make student evaluation in middle schools, class 6–8, more beneficial and instrumental in the overall growth of a student.
As a rapidly developing nation, India needs creative thinkers, innovators, educators and leaders who can contribute to nation building. These flag bearers of the future need to be trained to cultivate these qualities. Does the way we evaluate school children in our country cater to such kind of a development?
The method of evaluation in India’s academic system, pertaining to school education, has been long in question. It has been systemized in such a way that a student is forced to rote learn in order to perform well in examinations. Are the parameters used to measure a student’s growth comprehensive indicators of one’s learning?
- Understand the context of student achievement and the light in which parents, teachers and children are affected by the current evaluation system.
- Explore the possibility of creating an interface to encourage a meaningful dialogue amongst parents, teachers and children to ensure the child’s growth.
- Rethink the indicators on which student performance is measured, as well as the medium of communication, i.e the report card.
- Attempt to make evaluation less comparative and focus on identifying the child’s strengths & weaknesses.
A pdf version of the comprehensive project proposal can be downloaded here.
The first thing we did after getting the project themes was to brainstorm in order to put everything out on the table so we could identify problem areas and figure out project ideas.
I identified the evaluation system (under school education) as my problem area that I would work on. The keywords from the brainstorm that helped me zero onto this were Report Card, Marks, Exams, Toppers, Career Choices, and Boards (ICSE/CBSE).
Each of us has a particular skill set that we might want to hone, or work on select issues that concern us, or even increase our understanding of the world around us. The classroom project gives us the opportunity to explore various aspects of graphic design and its application.
The class was given three themes, within the context of which, we could identify problem areas and attempt to work out solutions for them as graphic designers for our second classroom project.
The themes that were given to us were:
- INDIAN SPICES
- SCHOOL EDUCATION (K-12)
The objective here is to apply graphic design principles and skills in a real world context, to solve a particular issue. This includes understanding the issue, collecting information, analyzing the information, chalking out possible design interventions to solve the issue at hand, developing the design, testing and refining it.