O Professor Sugata Mitra é (nesta data) Professor de Tecnologia Educacional na Escola de Educação, Comunicação e Ciências Linguísticas na Universidade de Newcastle, UK. Ele também é "Chief Scientist", Emeritus, no NIIT*.
Anexo um filme muito interessante sobre uma investigação feita pelo mesmo, o filme pode ser visto aqui.
De seguida coloco um pequeno artigo descritivo do projecto de investigação do mesmo professor, chamado "Hole in the wall".
Why you should listen to him: In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.
In the following years they replicated the experiment in other parts of India, urban and rural, with similar results, challenging some of the key assumptions of formal education. The "Hole in the Wall" project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who's now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it "minimally invasive education."
"Education-as-usual assumes that kids are empty vessels who need to be sat down in a room and filled with curricular content. Dr. Mitra's experiments prove that wrong."
Retirado de http://www.ted.com/speakers/sugata_mitra.html, 09/12/2009
* NIIT is a Information Technology global education and training company headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It is one of Asia's largest Information Technology training and education company with 5 million students across 40 countries. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange of India.