School: School of Education
Centre: Centre for Education
The Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) programme aims to enhance knowledge, capacities and orientations that are relevant to strengthening elementary education in the country. Students completing this programme develop a critical and reflective understanding of the core and foundational areas of education, including theory and research, with special reference to India. The programme is designed to include thematic, issue-based courses that are of current significance in the Indian context. Students also develop special expertise in chosen areas of study relating more directly to professional needs: for example, curriculum, pedagogy, teacher development, material development, education of children with special needs, leadership and management issues, gender issues in education, etc.This programme has two distinctive features: It is conducted in dual mode, involving 4 weeks of contact classes and 12 weeks of distance learning in Semesters I and III and 31/2 weeks of contact classes and 12½ weeks of distance learning in Semesters II and IV. This model has been chosen as a way of facilitating participants to combine work with study. The contact classes are held at the Mumbai campus of TISS. Teaching–learning during the rest of the semester is carried out based on planned weekly/fortnightly reading, study and regular assignments to be shared with faculty and other peers, primarily through the Internet using a learning management system.The M.A. programme was collaboratively conceived by TISS, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur, Digantar, Jaipur, Eklavya, Bhopal and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. These organisations have contributed significantly to research and innovative practices in the field of elementary education. This gets reflected in the vibrant curriculum of the programme. Professionals from these organisations and other experts in the field contribute to teaching in the programme. The programme is located in TISS, Mumbai and the degree is awarded by TISS.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Note: BC: Basic Course; OC: Optional Course; FA: Field Attachment.
1. Basic Courses: The basic courses are compulsory and draw on the foundational areas of philosophy, sociology, economics, history and psychology. These address the need for an understanding of education in relation to areas such as metaphysics and the nature of knowledge, human nature, human development, learning and cognition, language and thought, the nature of Indian society and culture, education as a means of social transformation and social reproduction, etc. Basic courses introduce students to important theories, concepts and debates in these areas.
Optional Courses: There are two groups of optional courses. Group I relates to pedagogy areas and includes courses which relate to the school subjects/academic disciplines and examine curricular and pedagogic issues in these areas. The courses in this Group aim towards comprehending the nature of school knowledge and how children learn. It also includes organisation of learning processes covering curriculum, pedagogy and evaluation. Group II relates to thematic areas of contemporary significance. The courses in this Group provide opportunities to examine specific issues of particular relevance to Indian education.
Optional Courses A, B, and C are to be chosen from the following with at least one option from each group.
Optional Group I
First Language Pedagogy
Pedagogy of Mathematics
Pedagogy of Social Studies
Optional Group II
Education Leadership and Management
Materials Design and Development
Teacher Professional Development
Gender and Education
Education of Children with Special Needs
Caste, Tribe and Education
2. Flexi options: Normally a student would be able to complete the programme in two years. There is also a flexible option of taking fewer courses in a semester and completing the programme over three years (up to five years). This is based on the prerequisites defined for each course.
* The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
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