Chandigarh

PU TWO DAYS TEACHER EDUCATION CONGRESS ON “TEACHER EDUCATION: CHALLENGES AND THE ROAD AHEAD”

February 20, 2018 08:05 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

Two days Teacher Education Congress in the Department of Education, Panjab University on the theme, “Teacher Education: Challenges and the Road Ahead” commenced today with the inaugural address by Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra. Prof Meenakshi highlighted the importance of teacher preparation for improving the quality of school education. She elaborated that qualified teachers are the driving force of knowledge. She proposed that the deliberations of the seminar should draw out some points to ponder over for improving the value quotient of the students and prepare them as humane teachers.

 Prof. Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, the keynote speaker for the congress, said that teacher education is passing through an ambivalent stage in its evolutionary process. He said that the most critical factor which effects quality of education is the pedagogy. More flexible and varied programs of teacher education have to be followed. Induction training should be made compulsory.

Dr. Vibha Ray, Principal DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh shared the clippings of students, parents and teachers wherein they voiced their concerns regarding the present education and social issues that they face. She also talked about the trust deficit in the present generation of students.  Dr. Anuradha Sharma and Dr. Dinesh Chahal talked about stress-free education and the need for inculcating life-skills in education.

He also said that teachers’ role profile is changing world over and they are expected to teach effectively in multi-cultural classrooms Before launching four years integrated programme, curriculum, content, pedagogy should be thoroughly planned. Capacity building of teacher education should be done in advance. Innovative ideas should be tried. He said that the quality of internship in teacher education is another area of concern. It requires formative rather than summative evaluation. Classroom is the only site where teacher learning and their knowledge can integrate.

Prof. Latika Sharma said that this Congress has been conceptualized with the aim of reflecting, introspecting on the practices of curriculum transaction and finding the way forward. She added that the onus of teaching the next generation challenges us to be clearer in our thinking, more responsible in our beliefs and more alive to the aims and consequences of our actions.

The first technical session was a panel discussion- ‘Voices from the Classrooms and Administrative Issues in the Schools’. The session started with a video clip by Sadhguru that depicted the emotional deficit that a child faces due to which he does not approach his own parents and the need for creating an emotionally safe environment for the child.

Dr. Vibha Ray, Principal DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh shared the clippings of students, parents and teachers wherein they voiced their concerns regarding the present education and social issues that they face. She also talked about the trust deficit in the present generation of students.  Dr. Anuradha Sharma and Dr. Dinesh Chahal talked about stress-free education and the need for inculcating life-skills in education.

Ms. Swaranjeet Kaur, Principal shared her experiences as a teacher through a heart-touching self-written poem. She said that the way forward is through the heart of the students.

Dr. Mamta Garg said that students fear to have a voice. She shared her research findings regarding the teacher-learning process in government and private schools.

The third technical session was chaired by Prof SP Malhotra and co- chaired by Prof. Nandita Singh. Prof Malhotra stressed on having diverse curriculum that could suit to every learner’s need. Such a curriculum can include multiple learning engagements, multiple learning outcomes and multiple evaluation schemes. In this direction, he emphasized that four-year teacher training program is a good step. He argued that creative model and spontaneous model should be followed along with the cascade model.

Prof.Singh gave a presentation on “Practical Implication for long term athletic development to support coaches with the best practices to develop physical movement and sports literacy”. Within this, he stressed that long term development pathway needs to be incorporated in sports program with a multilateral approach. He criticized the concept of e sports and said that specialized physiotherapists for the budding sportsmen is need of an hour.

Prof. Nandita spoke about models and innovative practices in teacher education—SAMVAD. She focused on introducing the ancient approach with Vedic philosophy of teaching that includes oral teaching method, questioning approach along with listening, understanding, recitation and discourses.

The last technical session was on Regulation, Administration and Management of Teacher Education. The session was chaired by Prof RS Yadav, Kurukshetra University and co-chaired by Dr. Satvinder Pal Kaur, Department of Education, Panjab University. Fifteen research scholars presented their research papers in the parallel sessions. 

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