Sristhi School of Art, Design and Technology

What you see is what you learn!

exploring: Sristhi School of Art, Design and Technology
engaging: interconnection of everything and everybody
learning: the power of visualization

02. March 2011 by Bea Beste

“Click and see!” is what I would ask you to do first. Young teachers are going to lead you through three examples about how learning occurs by interconnecting subjects and using play:

Srishti School - Design in Education from Bea Beste on Vimeo.

“Come and see!” was the invitation I got from a group of young people I met at the Design in Education Conference in Ahmedabad. They told me that there’s a place in Bangalore where the Design in Education approach really comes to life: At the Sristhi School of Art, Design and Technology, an institution of higher education, where they are getting qualified to work in education.

You obviously notice that for them learning is not put shelved into subjects and shelves, but instead it’s wonderfully interconnected and linked to real life. Kids work in projects and learn by experience.  

But most impressive is the structural setup of the school: kids’ learning is fully intertwined with young adults’ learning!

The young teachers and artists I met are enrolled in the advanced program in Design in Education about. Main part of their daily work is teaching children at a middle school, while at the same time developing the curriculum and the learning methodology.

The middle school belongs to Mallya Aditi International School and is situated right in the center of the Srishti Campus. Together with its teachers the Design in Education students are developing a discovery-based curriculum focused on self-direction for students. Their challenge is maintaining exam standards, taking into account all that can be designed to make learning both valuable and joyful. 

But also to make sure that both curriculum and methodologies work for a diverse set of learners, they include children from underprivileged backgrounds and learning spaces that can be found in slum areas: Science Labs, Museums, Media Centers. 

I even had the chance to briefly meet the remarkable woman behind all this: It’s Geetha Narayanan. Geetha gave me a warm, curious, friendly welcome – and asked me what’s special about what I got to see. And I knew it immediately: This learning space found the power of visualization. Going far beyond the typical school work displays - Srishti is a place where you can clearly see how learning takes place, where it is documented, even painted. 

Thus we found our next playDUcative principle: less words, more visuals. (And we’re working on this for our blog.)


Thank you for making this experience possible and valuable: Geetha Narayanan, Sudebi Thakurata, Srinivasan K, Arzu Mistry, Alisha Panjwani, and all the wonderful people at the Srishti School!

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