The Department of Education at Christ University has a lineage of less than a decade in its functioning. The School of Education at Christ University, Bengaluru came into existence in the year 2008 with the declaration of the deemed-to-be status of Christ University. It was established erstwhile as Christ College of Education, with its first batch enunciated in the year 2005, under the jurisdiction of Bangalore University, then. Hence, the very transition from a college affiliated to a state university to the existing deemed university model brought in metamorphic changes in several aspects of teaching-learning, evaluation and curriculum. The key focus was more on 'quality oriented teaching' rather than 'quantity oriented'.
The teaching-learning process catered to aspiring student-teachers who wished to pursue the passion of teaching in several method subjects pertaining to Languages, Science and Mathematics and Art. In due course of time, it was narrowed down only to the teaching of method subjects of Social Science, Sciences, Mathematics and English. The option of Languages and Art were conveniently sidelined. The curricular reforms brought out were student-centred and were to help student-teachers focus more on the teaching-learning process and skills rather than examination oriented. Micro teaching skills encompasses mastering small skills in classroom learning for effectiveness in transacting curriculum. The theoretical aspects of Microteaching have been ruled out and it is transacted into a practical graded paper with presentations of micro teaching sessions by each student.
The importance of Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) was highlighted, instead of a separate hour for it, as a part of an Outreach programme in a village to a visit in Kengeri, adopted by the Centre for Social Action unit at Christ University.
In order to imbibe the spirit of theatre in pedagogy, Theatre-in-Education (TIE) has been included as a compulsory credit paper in the first semester. The three day workshop was graded by submission of a documentation followed by orienting students of a high school in the city with the principles of TIE based on a common theme. This was evident in bringing out a behavioural change in the students in preparation for their school annual day.
In the process of boosting the morale of teachers in being able to address a class, a three day workshop in Personality Development was a new area in the curricular and co curricular reforms. This has been and still continues to remain as an innovative and encouraging initiative taken by the School of Education with scores of positive feedback on the same.
Rather than enabling us to only teach subjects confined to textbooks under simulated teaching conditions, the significance of global awareness in the field of Education was highlighted. This involved the inclusion of the concept of Seminar Papers where student-teachers present emerging areas and matters of pressing concern in the field of Educational Research, Technology, Teaching-Learning, Methodologies, Management and Evaluation in the view of creating awareness among fellow teachers.
A post graduate course under the UGC enunciated with its first batch in 2011 as Masters of Arts in Education (MA in Education). This two year programme throws its eligibility open for any graduate holders enabling them to specialize in Education at the Master's level. The curriculum is on par with the Masters in Education (M.Ed) programme under the jurisdiction of the NCTE.
The School of Education, Christ University is now faced with a herculean task of undergoing a dramatic change since the insistence of the National Council for Teacher Education having declared to make the Bachelors of Education course a two year programme from now. The reforms now will encompass areas of curriculum, practice teaching, out bound and extension activities to bring about world class education for student- teachers.
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