National Seminar on Teacher Education- Pedagogic Trajectories
The Department of Elementary Education organized a two day National Seminar on Teacher Education entitled ‘Pedagogic Trajectories’ on 23rd and 24th September 2011. The broad aim of the seminar was to arrive at a shared understanding about the changing nature of pedagogies and to initiate and sustain dialogic reflection so as to evolve a vision for Teacher Education Programme. The Seminar provided an interface to over 100 teacher educators, school teachers, researchers, administrators for sharing of experiences and deliberating on issues pertinent to the Teacher Education. The Seminar began with a Panel Discussion entitled ‘Teacher Education: Policy, Perspective and Praxis’, where eminent educationists and academicians like Prof. Poonam Batra, Prof. Anita Rampal, Prof. Nargis Panchapakesan, Prof. Panati Panda and Dr. Indira Vijaysimha shared their valuable views on the current and future possibilities in the discourse of Teacher Education.
This was followed by five Technical Sessions of Paper Presentations during which over 35 papers were presented over the two days by policy makers, teacher educators, teachers and research scholars. These sessions entitled Teacher Education Programmes: Looking through a Kaleidoscope, Teacher Education Programmes: Looking through a Kaleidoscope, Engaging with Practitioners, Teacher Education and Schools - A Dialogue and Insights from the Field: Experiential Narratives were respectively chaired by Prof. Farida Khan, Prof. Bharati Baveja, Ms. Abha Adams, Prof. Geetha Nambissan and Prof. Janaki Rajan. The Seminar was truly national in its character as it saw the participation of academicians from the states of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The papers presented at the Seminar were published in the form of a Monograph by the Department.
Lectures and Workshops
Throughout the academic year, the Department organized several talks, seminars and workshops, some of them especially focused towards the academic requirements and content enrichment of the final year students. In collaboration with Prof. Savyasaachi from Jamia Millia Islamia conducted a workshop for the final year students on ‘Research Methodology’ whereas Prof. Poonam Batra conducted a workshop on ‘Writing Reflective Journals’ Ms. Asmita Bhutani from Presidium School and Ms. Anju and Ms. Deepa from MCD Schools interacted with the fourth year students on the future prospects of a B. El. Ed graduate, which enabled them to have a clear picture about the options after B. El. Ed.
The Department organized an interactive Session with Ms. Jujja Weislander (renowned Swedish author of Children’s books, especially the ‘Mamma Moo’ series) and Mr. Robert Lennart (Psychotherapist) in collaboration with National Book Trust, New Delhi on ‘Have the Grown-Ups really grown up?’ The event was highly appreciated by faculty and students of other B. El. Ed colleges as well.
Dr. Jonaki Ghosh is conducting an eight week certificate course for the students of the Mathematics Department on ‘Modeling with Spreadsheets’.
The Department invited Ms. Heemal Handoo Bhat, Head of Linguistics, SRDAV Public School, New Delhi to conduct a workshop on ‘Classroom Management’ to facilitate the understanding of the final year students prior to their school internship programme.
Ms. Gunjan Sharma and Ms. Dipika (from the organization ‘TARSHI- Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues’) conducted an interactive workshop on ‘Gender Issues in the Classroom’ with the fourth year students.
Ms. Choiti Ghosh from TRAM Theatre also conducted a two-day workshop on ‘Object Theatre’ for the students.
The third year students visited the Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas (S.I.D.H.), Mussoorie as a part of their innovative school visit. During the weeklong visit, the students visited the Bodh Shala and innovative schools situated in four different regions of Mussoorie and interacted with Mr. Pawan Gupta and Ms Anuradha- the founders of S.I.D.H. As part of the visit, they also interviewed students, teachers and community members closely associated with the schools.
The Department also conducted an eight week certificate course on ‘Enhancing Teaching and Learning of Mathematics through Technology’ which saw the participation of students from other colleges as well.
The Department organized many other events that gave students many opportunities to grow and learn alongside classroom teaching. The Theatre in Education Company, affiliated to the National School of Drama, performed a play Adal Badal, followed by a rich interactive session between the Assistant director, Mr. Kuldeep and the audience.
A number of movies like ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘Jinnah’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Gandhi’, ‘B. R. Ambedkar’ etc. were screened throughout the academic year to supplement students’ learning followed by extensive discussions.
The Department also welcomed Dr. Nawang Phuntsog, Fulbright Research Scholar to India from California State University, USA and Dr. Hema Ramanathan, Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Scholar to India from University of West Georgia, USA and interacted with them. The Department in collaboration with Bryn Mawr University, USA has submitted an interdisciplinary research proposal under the Obama Singh Initiative.
Students attended the screening of ‘Izzatnagri ki Asabhya Betiyan’ and ‘Stories of Girlhood’ India Untouched’ and participated in the discussion with the directors at Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi.
The annual newsletter of the Elementary Education Department SEHAR will be released in the first week of April 2012.
Students from the department were successfully placed with schools like The Sri Ram School, The Heritage School and Bharat National Public School. Organizations such as Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Gandhi Fellowship visited the Department and interacted with the graduating batch.
The students, in addition to organizing and participating in the events organized by the Department, have also been actively involved in societies like NSS, Dramatics Society, Public Speaking Society, Hindi Debating Society and Prakriti.