Considering Heutagogy as an Innovative Approach for Skill Development
During the opening days of the independence Gandhiji predicted that it was “only through imparting education through crafts can India stand before the world'’. Successive governments in India tried to take the Gandhian dictum ahead, and concentrated on education as a tool to develop human resource of the country. While the initial focus was on literacy and enrolment, the target gradually shifted to quality education and imparting skills. The Honhaar Bharat programme (2010) and Skill India (2014) may be seen as part of the continued education and human resource policies being followed by the successive governments since independence. Also under focus are the moves in organisational learning from courses to resources, and a proliferation of new ways to access learning in the workplace. Increasingly, it’s not about ‘the course’, taken through a single medium (classroom or desktop PC), but about a learner--journey encompassing multiple modes and channels. With the downgrading of the course as the default unit of instruction, we also see less prominence for the role of instructors. The recent approaching method of the self determining learning--heutagogy can be used as an innovative approach for learning, especially for skill based learning. It can be exercised even through social media. Researches also indicate that the use of social media can support self-determined learning. Heutagogy applies a holistic approach to developing learner capabilities, with learning as an active and proactive process, and learners serving as the major agent in their own learning, which occurs as a result of personal experiences.
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