The School of Education, Azim Premji University organises a symposium every year to share experiences from the six-week field internship undertaken by MA in Education students. During the symposium, students share insights from their experiences with both batches of peers in the programme.
The key objectives of the symposium are:
- to systematically present learnings,
- to familiarise oneself with a diversity of fieldwork within one’s areas of interest,
- to engage with discussion and feedback from faculty and peers.
These presentations cover a range of themes related to the domain of education such as art education, language education, mathematics education, science education, environmental education, history and social science education, philosophy of education, vocational education, early childhood education, teacher education, teacher perceptions and beliefs, schools as organisations, school and community interactions and others.
Though the symposium itself is spread over only three days in the fourth semester, preparatory work begins in the third semester. Students invest a lot of time beginning with choosing a broad interest area, formulating research questions, reading up literature, identifying and connecting with field locations, writing proposals, understanding research methods, designing interview and observation schedules and surveys, travelling to field locations, gathering and analysing data, writing daily journals and report writing.
Over the years, this sharing has proved to be a great learning opportunity for everyone. The presentations serve as windows into worlds that we may not have had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in.