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Learners and Learning

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The course aims to provide learners with various psychological and sociological theories to understand learning and analyse and make sense of learners’ experience. It will facilitate the development of an understanding of the role of memory, cognition, metacognition, intelligence and learning in development. The course will orient the learners to the development milestones through different ages and stages of development through adolescence focusing on the socio-emotional aspects and its influence on learners and learning. The theories focused on the course will focus on learning as a highly individualistic pursuit and at the same time, learning seen in the context of an activity or guided by the environment surrounding the child. It will extend the learners’ capacity to deliberate on questions that explore the relation of learning theories and the impact of technology and new sciences (chaos and networks) on learning by looking at theories for the digital age. The theories overall will be discussed in the sequence of their historical evolution with a focus on - assumptions about learners and learning, evolving conditions for creating learning environments, implications for planning teaching activities, analysing students’ thinking and engagement, etc.

Course Objectives:

    The course aims to
  • Engage learners in the historical emergence, principles, key ideas, and limitations of psychological and sociological theories of learning.
  • Discuss major contributions of different theories and ways in which they can be used to make sense of students’ learning

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. Shamin Padalkar

After completing Ph.D. in Science Education from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE, TIFR), Shamin Padalkar worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA during 2011-12. She worked with an NGO 'Quality Education Support Trust' (QUEST) in 2013. She was involved in preparing online courses for teachers working in remote areas of Maharashtra in Marathi. She also worked as a visiting faculty at the Department of Education and Extension, Savitribai Phule Pune University in 2013-14. Shamin served as a member of science textbook writing committee of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharati) and as one of the authors of Certificate Programme for Teaching of Elementary School Science (CTES), a project of NCERT to prepare online courses for teachers. She is working in the area of science education (material development and science teacher professional development). She also teaches and mentors MA and M.Phil students.

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Dr. Amina Charania

Dr. Amina Charania, Lead MA in Education & Teaching is an Associate Professor at Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). In the year 2010, she earned her doctoral degree at Iowa State University, USA, specializing in curriculum and instructional technology. She leads research, field action and teacher professional development programmes focusing on Constructivist teaching and learning with technology at scale. These interventions have brought national and international accolades. Over the years, she has published and presented her research and practice in some of the leading journals internationally. Her research has provided evidence based frameworks and policy guidelines for teachers’ agency, pedagogical integration of technologies, and learners as producers concept for adolescents in government schools across multiple geographies. She has also served as a member of the Committee for Mentoring Mission, National Education Policy, anchored by NCTE 2021-22.

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Dr. Gamathi Jatin

Dr. Gomathi Jatin is Associate Professor with the Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. With a Education from the University of Mumbai, she has taught across courses in teacher education institutions and also nurtures keen interest in school and classroom practices. Her areas of interest include teacher education, school education, classroom pedagogy and practices, adolescent psychology, educational leadership and management and research. She has conducted workshops related to classroom management, blended learning, cooperative learning and mentoring for action research. She has also conducted communicative English sessions for vernacular medium student teachers to facilitate their English speaking, reading and writing skills. Her recent work includes research on school management committees across the states in India. She has also been a part of the team of the NCTE-COOL resources, where she created OERs for the course 'Childhood and Development'. She is actively involved in the formation, management and facilitation of the TALC CoP for teacher educators across the country. She conducted Design based workshops for teacher educators and student teachers on curating OERs and evaluating them. She also anchors the Synergy initiatives of the centre by collaborating with teacher education institutions and extending the activities of the centre to TEIs. She coordinates the B.Ed. M.Ed. programme and the school internship component. She holds positions in various research review committees and also holds membership in academic council body of institutions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I access the course on a smartphone?

You can access the course via TISSx app on your smartphone. You can install the app from Playstore.

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