This book is the outcome of nearly three years of study of the functioning of mirambika by the NCERT between 1995-1997. This study was undertaken to understand how the process of learning in mirambika helps the children to transfer to the regular existing system of schools and what the process of transfer entails. The study emphasised that there was no significant problem of adjustment of children from mirambika free progress system to the curriculum centric system that exists. The study pointed out that though the performance was not as good as those who had studied in a system where examination performance was the sole aim the children who had been in mirambika were able to adjust and become leaders in any other school they went to.
The project work approach to teaching in mirambika on the one hand strengthens the students by making them resourceful, initiative taking, responsible for their work and inculcates researching skill, reasoning power of experimentation in them it however, leaves the learner with insufficient experience of written work, expressing in specified time and space or exposing them to test taking skills or related study habits. (p147).
The researchers met the alumni of the school some 19 years later and heard remarks like Mirambika is more than a school which made a difference in our lives.
- It is a way of life.
- It helped me know myself.
I understood how to learn with freedom.