NCERT to make Home Science practical-oriented

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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has introduced several new practical-oriented experiments for Home Science students this year.

According to an official at the Department of Women Studies (DWS), NCERT, Dr Sushma Jaireth, 'The practical experiments in the subject are contemporary and will reflect the use of new technology and applications. These practicals have been designed in a manner to foster critical thinking.'

The Class XI textbooks currently contain units on adolescence, family, community and society, childhood and adulthood, growth of moustache and beard, change of voice, colour of hair and eyes developmental norms, garment size, emotional and cognitive changes, diet, health and fitness, communication skills and technology .

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The new experiments will include developing a time-plan for self, recording own emotions in different contexts in a day and reflecting 'why' on these emotions and ways of handling them, recording five messages from print and electronic media that influences the student, accumulating information on food practices, food taboos, fasting and festivity preparations, clothing practices related to rites, rituals and occupation.

According to another official at the NCERT, 'The new proposed practicals will include day-to-day situation in families such as five agreements and disagreements with his/her mother, father, siblings, friends and teachers and how to resolve the disagreements to reach a state of harmony and peace. The textbook on the other hand will include gender-sensitivity, respect for diversity and plurality with regard to rural-urban-tribal location, caste, class, value for both traditional and modern influences, concern for society and pride in national symbols.'

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