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Amina Charania

Educationist

Dr. Amina Charania is an Associate Professor at Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She leads Reflective Teaching with ICT an in-service teacher professional development initiative, and is one of the founding members of Connected Learning Initiative at TISS. She founded Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) in 2011, at Tata Trusts and leads this initiative at the Trusts. Over the years, she has gathered first-hand field and research experience exploring constructivist use of ICT to improve quality of teaching in learning at scale in some of the most marginalized rural and urban areas in India. Her focus is on design and research strategies integrating ICT to promote meaningful learning and promote learners’ and teachers’ agency thus, creating learners as producers and not merely consumers of ICT resources. Besides, formal spaces in government schools and madrasas, she has also studied and practiced ICT as a tool that bridges formal and informal learning spaces like community learning centers. She also founded an approach Integrating Dinni (religious) and Dunyavi Taalim (school education) in madrasas of West Bengal. One of the sustainability factors she has been working for many years is creating teacher leaders who think, practice and lead beyond the given ground challenges of access and quality. Thus, exploring blended models of continuous professional development, and online community of practice for government school teachers in multiple states.