Wednesday, October 28, 2009



Theoretical Base of Education - Philosophical and Sociological

The major objective of Theoretical Base of Education is to build up the efficiency of student teachers to start their career by applying the philosophical and sociological theories and principles. The following specific objectives are formulated for the study of this subject:
The student teachers:
1. Realize the scope of educational philosophy and how it determines the entire system of education
2. Apply, during curriculum transactions, the major philosophical systems and the educational ideas of great thinkers in the world.
3. Study how education can bring in desired social changes
4. Understand the significance of education for conscientization of people, and
5. Plan their teaching to develop students’ skill to work in future for the welfare of the society and social cohesion by achieving economic stability and creating new knowledge.
Unit-I. Relationship between Philosophy and Education
1. Scope of educational philosophy
2. How philosophy determines the education system.
Unit-II Major Philosophical Systems
1. Views of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Rousseau, Buddhists, Dewey, Tagore,
Mahatma Gandhi.
2. Features and educational implications of Idealism, Realism, Naturalism,
Pragmatism and Humanism
Unit–III Contributions to Education by Great Thinkers
Pestalozzi, Herbert, Froebel, Rousseau, Comenius, Montessori, Dewey, Paulo, Fraire, Mahatma Gandhi
Unit–IV Relationship between Education and Society
1. Interactive role of education and society.
2. Factors that threaten the relationship
3. Ways of improving the relationship
Unit–V Education and Social Change
1. Nature of Indian society
2. Factors influencing social change
3. Major changes occurred in the Indian society
4. How social changes take place
5. Role of education in promoting desired social change
Unit-VI Conscientization
1. Role of education for conscientization of people
2. Areas where conscientization is needed.
Unit-VII Education and Welfare of the Society
1. Education for peace and coexistence
2. Education for economic stability
3. Education an instrument for Intellectual Property and inventions and discoveries for the welfare of the society

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Teaching Plan for 2009-2010

Suggested titles for PBL scenario for 2009-2010
As with the previous batches,I will adopt PBL approach in my transaction this academic session also.

I plan the first practicum as follows.
How much Resourceful is the Internet in Learning Educational Philosophy?A Comparative Study of Digital and Traditional sources.
Plan of Action.
Student teachers will work in small groups and each group will concentrate on a particular school of educational philosophy of the contributions of an educational philosopher.Student teacher are expected to search,identify, find,retrieve, share both digital and print materials available to them.They will be helped to use various online interactive tools to enhance their reach and interaction.
Each group will share their learning experiences on a day to day manner to the whole group.
There will a final presentation by each group using presentation softwares
Te final products expected from each student teacher are a report of their learning experiences in black and white and a CD containing all the digital files they downloaded.
The duration .
1 st November to 15 th Dec.2009.

The titles of the other three practicums will be as follows.Details will be given later

2.How do teachers cope up with curriculum change?A study in the context of recent curriculum changer in the state.

3.How does education initiate changes in the society?A microscopic study of a village community in Kerala.

4.Reflections on the philosophical and sociological issues of ICT enabled education in Kerala

On the Eve of the New Academic Session

This is a new Blog created just now.
The new academic session will commence from tomorrow. I just wanted to reflect on my experience in the previous session. This new blog will be used for student interaction during the new session.
Last year I tried, to a great extend, to integrate ICT in my day to day teaching.The result was not very enthusiastic. There are a number of of reasons for that, the major one being the lack of access to ICT for student teachers.The other ones are hectic academic activities, apathy of a small group of student teachers,lack of my ICT skills etc. Luckily I got two opportunities to enhance my ICT skills, a week long 'Intel Teach Programme' and again a week long Orientation in Informatics organised by the KSHEC. Both progammes,I hope, will enhance my ICT skills. Therefore during the coming session I will try to integrate ICT tools in a more efficient manner in my day to day teaching.