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Childhood and Growing up


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Please stay safe and use these COOL resources for TE and continue with your professional education during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. You can use the URL or the TISSx android app .

What do the resources offer?

  • The Connected Open Online Learning (COOL) resources are meant to enable student teachers and teacher educators to stay connected to their learning and engage with concepts and practices for active and inclusive teaching and learning.
  • They are mapped onto the B.Ed Curriculum Framework of NCTE. (See the table below). Please note that these resources consist of some of the key topics put together as a resource and do not cover the entire course comprehensively.
  • These resources provide an overview of key topics from each course based on current research and practices. They are not exhaustive. It is essential to follow up with rigorous readings and school-based practices that are integral and necessary for teacher preparation. The resources provide scaffolding for some readings and suggestions for tasks to strengthen practice.

This resource on ‘Childhood and Growing up’ course is based on available Open Education Resources (OERs) in the field of developmental psychology and research with a focus on perspectives in education. The resources aim to enable student teachers and teacher educators to understand the concept of childhood and adolescence and arrive at a critique of the universalistic, normative notions of childhood and children and adolescents. The resources provide scope for further reading to deepen one’s understanding, provide critical questions for reflection, and engage with tasks, connecting theory to practice.

We hope you will find these resources useful. We also invite you to enroll in our online modular certificate courses when they are announced on

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NCTE curriculum and OERs mapping

S.No. NCTE B.Ed. Curriculum topics COOL Resource
1 Childhood and Adolescence - Context of Growth and Development
  • Life Span Development and its assumptions about development
  • Nature and Concept of Development
  • Difference between growth and development
  • Principles of Development and Issues underlying the development
2 Stages of Development
  • Stages of development from infancy through adolescence
  • Stages of prenatal development and the importance of prenatal care
  • Stages of Infancy and Childhood
  • Stages of Middle Childhood and Adolescence
3 Methods and Approaches of Studying development
  • Research Methods to study Development
  • Approaches to studying the development
4 Context of Development
  • Child Development as a multidimensional concept
  • Impact of different parenting styles on child development
  • Child development in socio-cultural context: Interplay of poverty, caste, gender, and tribal communities
5 Theoretical perspectives of development
  • Theory of Cognitive Development: Piaget’s
  • Psycho-Social Theory of Development: Errickson
  • Theory of Moral Development: Kolhberg
  • Ecological System: Urie Bronfenbrenner
  • Social Cognition: Vygotsky
6 Growing up in a Pluralistic context
  • Childhood and growing up in the context of:
    • Marginalization
    • Diversity
    • Stereotyping
  • Issues and implications of changing family structure and parenting on growing up with respect to:
    • Attachment and bonding
7 Development of Identity
  • Formation of self:
    • Self-concept
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-efficacy
  • Emotions: Goleman’s Theory of Emotional Intelligence
  • Identity crisis – Marcian Theory

TISS offers modular courses under the Post-Graduate Certificate for Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT), which have been offered by TISS to over 2000 teachers. This program will be useful for teachers and B.Ed students. The courses were developed as a part of the Connected Learning Initiative ( an initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts and led by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA; Winner of the King Hamad Prize for Excellence in the Use of ICTs in Education (2018). CLIx OER ( has several modules, simulations, and tools relating to school science, mathematics and English learning.

Another program offered at TISS, Mumbai, the Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (PGC-CEPR) is aimed at providing continuous professional development to faculty of teacher education institutions, M.Ed students, NGO personnel involved in teacher education, education administrators and policymakers.

TISS-COOL is supported by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and grants from the Tata Trusts and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching.

Resource Team

Gomathi Jatin

Arindam Bose

Aloke Jain

Authoring Team

Krishna Puri

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