NEIEA was officially registered on April 18, 2022 as a section 8a non-profit educational organization in India, after two years of active engagement in educational discussions and planning. The failure of education during the pandemic highlighted the urgent need for a transformative model that could address shortcomings, ensure sustainability, and promote equity and inclusivity. The focus was on prioritizing education for marginalized groups, including girls, out-of-school, and dropout children, those requiring special education, Madrasa youth, and students attending low-quality private and public schools. The goal was to create a new and innovative educational system to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Conventional education in schools and colleges often involved one-way teaching, where teachers presented information from textbooks, and students were expected to memorize and reproduce it without questioning. There was limited scope for critical thinking, collaborative learning, or reasoning-based answers. Education was not a priority and lacked proper resources and infrastructure. The approach reflected a colonial heritage that emphasized obedience and discouraged questioning.
Discussions were initiated in 2020 towards a reformation of the education system. Through discussion a consensus was evolved and it was agreed that Discourse Oriented pedagogy (DOP) provided a better approach to education than the method of memorization pursued so far. DOP was embraced as a preferred pedagogy. Dr. K. N. Anandan the founder of DOP conducted many sessions explaining the pedagogy. In 2021 a pilot project to understand the working of pedagogy was launched in collaboration with the Shaheen group of Educational Institutions based in Bidar. Here, Dr. Anandan spent 3 months teaching DOP based lessons to students and teachers. It was a very successful pilot project with great learning impact.
Discourse-Oriented Pedagogy (DOP)
The DOP construct is one of
Shifting from transmitting information to transacting experience.
Moving from memorizing pre-decided information to constructing knowledge.
Implicitly transitioning from the behavioral paradigm to the constructivist paradigm.
This results in
DOP is a new approach to Learning
Avoids teacher-centered "teacher-talk" and a heavy reliance on textbooks.
Rejects the notion of a fixed world of knowledge that students must learn.
Encourages student-initiated questions, independent thought, and interactions.
Permits the rethinking of how goals are to be established in the learning process.