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Guidelines on Internal Evaluation in Social Science Part III : Project Work Class IX & X

Guidelines on Internal Evaluation in Social Science Part III : Project Work Class IX & X
Education is a developmental process, which transforms learners. It brings about a change in the mental and physical behaviors of students. To bring about this change, teachers need to introduce their students to concepts, generalizations, issues and skills. which seem relevant to their lives.

Subject: School for Project Work Evaluation in Social Sciences

It is reiterated that schools should seriously follow the laid down guidelines in evaluating different aspects of internal evaluation i.e. term/unit tests, assignments and project work and maintain proper assessment records.

Project Work is an important aspect of internal evaluation wherein children are helped to do and learn on their own by going through the documents, collecting relevant materials and analysing them to arrive at their own findings and conclusions. The schools should continue to assign the projects to students based on the guidelines and topics specified. They must also ensure that the total length of the Project report should not be more than 12-15 (size A4) foolscap size handwritten pages. Evaluation should be strictly in terms of the criteria laid down in the guidelines. Boosting of internal assessment marks should be avoided. Any such thing may lead to downscaling of internal marks or its cancellation and the result will be declared on the basis of external marks alone.

Study of effectiveness of use of computers and internet on learning Mathematics at Higher Secondary stage – a pilot study by NCERT

You may be aware that National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been working at the National level for the all-round improvement in the quality of school education. The National Curriculum Framework 2005(NCF 2005) has been developed by NCERT for providing policy guidelines for the teaching and learning of all curricular areas including Mathematics.

NCF 2005 has recommended that the teachers of Mathematics have to conscientiously set about replacing the behaviorist paradigm with methods based on constructiveness or other progressive models of learning. It reiterates that the use of technology can greatly aid the process of mathematical exploration and wiser use of such aids can help engage students. It further states that it must be understood that there is a spectrum of technology use in Mathematics education and research in this direction will be greatly beneficial to school education. In keeping with the broad guidelines enumerated in NCF 2005 for teaching and learning of Mathematics, the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM), NCERT has developed the syllabi and textbooks for all stages of school education.

NCERT is now contemplating to exploit the potential of World Wide Web(WWW) for improving the quality of Mathematics teaching in schools. In this Endeavour, they would like to associate active and enthusiastic PGTs in Mathematics from schools across India to participate in this research study.

Strengthening of Mathematics Laboratory activity work in classes III to VIII

You are aware that the concept of Mathematics Laboratory was introduced by Central Board of Secondary Education in its affiliated schools few years back. Every school was advised, through a detailed circular to establish Mathematics Laboratory in order to promote teaching learning of the subject through activity work and hands on experiences. It was also suggested that the concept may be introduced from class III to class X.

With the objective of implementation of the concept in the right earnest, activity and project work was made an integral part of the prescribed syllabus at secondary stage and the scheme of internal assessment in Mathematics was introduced in class X examination from the academic year 2006-07. A detailed circular dated 18th July, 2005 including related information was sent to all the affiliated schools. March, 2007 class X examination was conducted according to the new scheme. A series of initiatives including publication of guidelines to schools on Mathematics Laboratory for classes IX and X giving detailed activities and suggestive project work, were taken by the Board during this period. Additional guidelines have also been provided in the form of circulars issued from time to time and through orientation programs for Mathematics teachers. Schools have also been asked to ensure greater objectivity in internal assessment in the subject vide circular no.02/07 dated 10th January, 2007. It is expected that every care is being taken by the schools to implement Board’s policies in the true spirit and make learning of Mathematics more joyful and fun-filling.

Internal Assessment in Mathematics at Secondary stage

You are aware that the Board had issued notification vide circular no. 03/04 dated 28th January, 2004 regarding introduction of concept of Mathematics Laboratory in all its affiliated schools. The schools were advised to get Mathematics Laboratory ready by 31st March 2005. Another Circular No. 10 dated 2nd March, 2005 in this regard had also been issued in relation to introduction of Mathematics Laboratory and Internal assessment in Mathematics at the Secondary level from Academic session 2005-06 in class IX and the subsequent session in class X. This circular clarified that the internal assessment of 20% is to be awarded on the basis of performance of a student in the activity work, project work and continuous assessment as per the following scheme:

Introduction of Mathematics laboratory and internal assessment in Mathematics at the secondary level

As you are aware, the Board has already issued notification introducing the concept of Mathematics Laboratory in all its affiliated schools vide circular no: 03/04 dated 28th January, 2004.The ‘schools were advised to get the Mathematics Laboratory ready by 31st March, 2005. The schools are now requested to inform whether they have the facilities of Mathematics Laboratory or not.

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