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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Prof. Sugata Mitra is currently (2010), Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). The experiment has since been repeated at many places, Hole in the Wall (HIW) has more than 23 kiosks in rural India. In 2004 the experiment was also carried on in Cambodia. His interests include Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness.

Mitra’s experiment and was inspired to write his debut novel Q & A – this subsequently went on to become the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Watch this 20 minute video, take some notes, consider the questions below and come prepared to discuss.

  • How does this connect to Life in Limbo from “Turbulence Magazine” and Politics of the Common by Michael Hardt?
  • How does this connect to the philosophy of Emergence?
  • What do Mitra‚Äôs ideas suggest about educational philosophy and educational policy?

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