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Curriculum, Schools and Teachers

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course draws from 3 foundational MA & Bed-MEd Education programme courses of the CETE, namely,

  1. BC6: Curriculum and School
  2. ES13 (OC7): Teacher Professional Development/Teachers and Teaching
  3. OADC7: Teaching Learning and Assessment
It develops the learner's understanding of the school as a space of teaching and learning through the intricate interaction and negotiation between school structures, curriculum teachers and students within the larger social, cultural, economic and political context of Indian schooling.
The comparisons between the intended (curriculum in its normative/prescribed form) implemented (translated by the teacher in practice) and achieved curriculum (student’s performance) is what informs most discussions related to curriculum, education quality and reform. This course discusses various aspects that will enable the learner to interpret education reforms through the understanding of the intended, implemented and achieved curriculum.

Course Objectives:

The course is anchored around the idea of ‘curriculum’ and ‘Teachers’ as the plan for the implementation of educational aims, and therefore being the most important dimension of the design and conduct of learning.
The objectives of this course are to

  • Gain a critical perspective on the idea of curriculum (negotiated and socio-historical), its relationship to educational aims and societies; issues and debates relevant to India and the third world, in the context of universalising elementary education and the rights-based approach policy shifts and globalisation and the ability to critically appraise and modify or design curriculum in keeping with one’s educational aims.
  • Engage students/practitioners with the entire gamut of issues and ideas related to teacher identity, teacher practice, teacher professional knowledge, the larger social, cultural, economic and political context in which teachers work and the immediate context of school/classroom needs and professional demands
  • Introduce students to the understanding of pedagogic sites, processes and discourses of teaching-learning. The units focuses on the formal and in-formal pedagogic sites such as classroom, home and mediational tools such as blackboards, teaching learning materials, textbooks and ICT and their influence on the form, structure and content of teacher-student interaction and learning, and quality and change in Indian school curriculum.

Who can join the course?

The course will be available to students who have registered or invited for the MA in Education and Technology program.

Note: The best way to access this course is through a laptop/desktop or TISSx mobile app.

Course Staff

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Dr Bindu Ramdas Thirumalai

Dr. Bindu Thirumalai is an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education(CETE), TISS, Mumbai. She has completed her PhD, MPhil and MA degrees in Education from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a Masters degree in computer applications (MCA) from Bangalore University. Her PhD from TISS is an action research study on Teachers’ Communities of Practice. Over 400 mathematics teachers teaching in government high schools in Telangana State participated in the online community of practice that she managed for over two years. She teaches the advanced specialisation course - Teacher Education and the Education Research Methods course for the MA Education and BEd-MEd programmes at TISS. Bindu has over ten years of field experience facilitating in-service teacher programmes operating at scale in government high school contexts. She co-conceptualised and coordinated the short-term certificate programme ‘Reflective Teaching with ICT’ (RTICT)' offered in an online or blended mode for teacher’s professional development from its inception in 2017 to 2020. She has designed and developed MOOC based courses on ICT and Education, Mentoring for Teacher Professional Development and Action Research as a part of the RTICT programme. Bindu’s areas of interest are Teacher Education, Education Technology, Pedagogy of Programming Higher Education Pedagogy and Design Thinking in Education. Through her multidisciplinary academic background in education and computer science, Bindu is keen to innovate scalable teacher professional development models leveraging ICT meaningfully.
She is currently part of the team designing and developing:

  1. BSc-BEd (Mathematics & Computer Science) Integrated programme jointly with IIT Madras, Chennai.
  2. Global Teacher Education Policies and Practices course jointly with , University of Sussex, UK, Ambedkar University, India, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India & Jamia Millia Islamia , India.
  3. Technology Enabled Learning Support for Teachers course for the new MA Ed Tech programme of the centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

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