Course Offered: Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.)
The Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) Course is a four-year integrated professional programme of elementary teacher education aimed at fulfilling the need for professionally qualified elementary school teachers. It aims at redefining the social function of the school teacher in the context of achieving universalization of Elementary Education besides focusing on developing a deep critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy in teachers, who are believed to perform a transformative role in school education.
Following a truly multi-disciplinary approach, the curriculum of this programme amalgamates the undergraduate studies in various disciplines with the educational theories and pedagogical experience in a phased manner. The bilingual nature of the programme posits construction of knowledge as a free process beyond linguistic barriers. Heterogeneity in the student population contributes to the richness and vastness of the identities and experiences of the students and facilitates knowledge acquisition through dialogic reflection. The teaching- learning situations are rooted in real life experiences, experiments and ongoing reflections. A culture of critical inquiry and constant engagement with the real educational setups, whether it is community or schools, is the highlight of our teacher education discourse. Taking cognizance of a truly multi-disciplinary approach, the B.El.Ed programme offers close integration of theory as well as practicum courses enhancing content knowledge, pedagogical understanding and communication skills of the students through various innovative practices embedded in the programme as part of the curriculum including Performing and Fine Arts, Crafts, Physical Education and Alternative School Visits.
The Department draws faculty members from diverse disciplines who are equipped with skills that break the boundaries of their parent disciplines to incorporate the pedagogy and praxis of education. The B.El.Ed. degree opens up a wide range of professional and academic options such as teaching in schools, heading elementary school systems in various capacities and teaching and research in government and non-government sectors or pursuing higher education. At LSR, we also use B.El.Ed. as an acronym for ‘Building Leaders in Education’.
Learning Beyond Classroom
Being a student in the Department is about exploring one’s talents, ambitions and creativity, experimenting with one’s capabilities and dabbling in the joy of realizing one’s potential. The department association regularly organises talks and workshops with experts from the field on various themes. Eminent visitors to the Department this year included Dr. T V Venkateshwaran (Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology), Prof. Apporvanand (DU), Prof. Minati Panda (JNU) and Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharya (DU). This year the Department organised a National Conference in Mathematics Education titled Innovations in Mathematics Education: Current Trends and Issues on 3rd and 4th March 2017. The conference was funded by the National Board of Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. It aimed to bring together school and college mathematics teachers, mathematics educators, practising mathematicians and individuals interested in mathematics education to deliberate on various aspects of mathematics education in India.
About 100 teachers from schools across Delhi NCR and 20 teacher educators from various colleges participated in the conference. Professor R Ramanujam, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, delivered the keynote address. Professor Ravi Subramaniam, Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, Professor Amitabha Mukherjee of Delhi University, Professor Parvin Sinclair of IGNOU and Professor Inder Rana, IIT Powai, Mumbai were the Plenary speakers of the conference. The plenary speakers and panellists of the conference addressed the following themes which were identified to steer the discussions of the conference.
Theme 1: Innovative practices in mathematics classrooms
Theme 2: The role of technology in mathematics teaching and learning
Theme 3: Teacher knowledge and professional development
Theme 4: Innovative mathematical practices in non-formal spaces
In order to provide a platform for inter-college interaction to students, the student union of the department organizes Sehar, its annual academic meet every year. The meet is often centred around a particular theme and along with creating a discussion around the same, the meet fundamentally features events and workshops for the students. Over the years, the department has successfully facilitated discussions on the topics: ‘Re-envisioning Communities-Self and Identity in the Present Century’, ‘Childhood in a Neo-liberal Economy’, ‘Gender and Education’, Education and Sustainable Development: Possibilities and challenges’, ‘Looking through the lens of stories: Possibilities in a classroom’, ‘Envisioning Inclusive Classrooms: Possibilities and Challenges’, ‘Gender And Identity: Emerging Issues in Education’ and so on. Students are encouraged to present papers, dramatize their perspectives on various issues, indulge in group discussions, quizzes, create photo essays and arrive at an understanding on the discourse of theme chosen through mutual exchange of ideas. The meet is a confluence of academic indulgence and cultural festivities. This year Sehar was based on the theme Identity in the Contemporary World. The Department also publishes an annual newsletter called ‘Sehar’. The newsletter contains reflective pieces on varied topics, experiential reflections and creative writing from members of the department. The newsletter is designed and edited by the students themselves.