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Foundations of Education

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About This Course

An increasing number of people are concerned about education and have intentions to contribute to making it ‘better’. However, either these people find themselves at a loss regarding what can they do or end up using the popularly appealing ideas to guide their actions, some of which might end up creating problems instead of solving them.

This course is created for the people who care to understand the conceptual basis behind their practices in education to make right choices for action. It is designed with the belief that any practitioner who wants to do worthwhile work in the field of education will need to have both an intuitive and a conscious sense of the larger socio-political reality within which education finds its place, of the value framework within which choices are made, and of ways of educating. It will help in articulating the intuitive and developing the conscious sense of all these aspects through a series of modules which will provoke people to inquire and think about fundamental issues in education.

Be it teaching-learning, curriculum development, material creation or teacher education; for the educational practice to be at all educational, it must be guided by a certain framework of principles. If there are no principles, there is effectively no ‘educational practice’; in such a scenario what we have is either a habituated routine or just random activity. This course is designed to acquaint the participants with the foundational ideas which will help them turn their activities into coherent educational practice.

Course Structure

The entire course comprises eight core modules and any two of the elective modules.

List of Core Modules: (click on the module-title to access its overview)
  1. Introduction to Education (1st Nov. - 7th Nov) - One week
  2. Philosophy of Education (8thNov. - 14th Nov) - One week
  3. Sociology of Education (22ndNov. - 28th Nov) - One week
  4. Perspectives on Learning (29thNov. - 5th Dec) - One week
  5. Human Understanding and Curriculum (13th Dec. - 26th Dec) - Two weeks
  6. Pedagogy and Assessment in Schools (3rd Jan. - 9th Jan) - One week
  7. Teacher Education (10th Jan - 16th Jan) - One week
  8. Action Research for Teachers (24th Jan - 30th Jan) - One week
List of Elective (pedagogy) modules:
  1. Language 1 (Hindi, Primary)
  2. Language 2 (English Primary)
  3. Mathematics 1 (Primary)
  4. Environmental Studies (Primary)
  5. Language 3 (Hindi, Upper Primary)
  6. Language 4 (English, Upper Primary)
  7. Mathematics 2 (Upper Primary)
  8. General Science (Upper Primary)
  9. Social Studies (Upper Primary)
  10. History (Upper Primary)

To know more about the course, please check the Course Brochure.

Who can participate?

It is for anyone who is concerned about education and wants to invest her/his time and energy to understand it. S/he could be a practitioner in the field of education who wants to deepen her understanding of the field. S/he might be at a stage in life where s/he is exploring different areas to work in and if education happens to be one of those areas of interest. Or could be a fresh graduate considering education as his/her field of work.

The course will help start the journey of becoming a reflective practitioner in education. A step-back from the everyday action helps in getting the larger perspective and clarifies the purpose in one’s work. This course will provide such an opportunity in collaboration with other practitioners.

No formal requirement of educational qualifications is there, but ability to read in English and write in either in English or Hindi is necessary.

Course Staff

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Tuba Khan (Assistant Facilitator)

Tuba Khan is a Teaching Assistant at Digantar. She is in the field of education since 2012. She had worked in the mathematics education group at HBCSE as Project Scientific Officer and Tata Institute of Social Sciences as Program Education Officer. She also collaborated as Educational Consultant in Wildlife Conservation Trust and Gyan Prakash Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Mumbai University, and a master’s in Urdu Literature from Purvanchal University.

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Dr. Riti Das Dhankar (Assistant Facilitator)

Dr. Riti Das Dhankar has been working in Digantar as Academic and Communications Coordinator for the last 5 years. She has taught English to Middle and Secondary level classes in Digantar. Her responsibilities include overall functioning of Digantar Vidyalay, teacher capacity building, community relations, fundraising and managing communications with potential partners.

Her Educational qualifications are:

  • Doctorate in Psychology (topic “Psychological Correlates of Well-Being: A Study of Adolescents”).
  • Master’s degree in Psychology
  • Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Psychology and English Literature.
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Ridhima Garg (Assistant Facilitator)

Ridhima has been exploring the field of education for the past six years. She started studying education formally during MA in Education from Azim Premji University. Prior to her MA, she did Teach For India fellowship in Delhi during which she taught for two years in the government schools. She is interested in studying the society and the individual to imagine the kind of education which is required for the children.

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Pragya Shrivastava (Assistant Facilitator)

Pragya is working in education for more than a decade in areas connected with improvement of education in public system. Her experience covers areas of classroom teaching at primary and secondary levels, development of modules on TLMs, planning and holding workshops for teachers in various subjects (especially in Science), and grassroot support to teachers in classroom. She has worked in Eklavya and Azim Premji Foundation. At present she is working as Teaching Assistant in Digantar.

Academic Qualification:

  • MSc. in Physics, Barakatullah University, Hoshangabad
  • M.A. in Education, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  • B.Ed. Barakatullah University, Bhopal
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Rohit Dhankar (Facilitator)

Rohit is a Professor of Philosophy of Education in Azim Premji University, Bangalore; and founder Secretary of Digantar, Jaipur. Rohit has been part of many initiatives in developing material and curriculum through various committees and collaborative efforts across the country. His interest in curriculum for school education and teacher education resulted in collaboration with NCERT and various SCERTs. Interest in education studies resulted in starting Foundations of Education Programme at Digantar in 2005, collaboration with TISS and several NGOs in developing MA Education (Elementary) of TISS, Bombay. He trained as a teacher under David Horsburgh in the Neelbagh School, and taught at the elementary level for about 15 years in a Digantar school he founded with help from Mr. Jitendra Pal Singh and Ms. Faith Singh of Jaipur. Digantar eventually grew into a voluntary organization providing quality education to rural children. Digantar endeavours to nurture self-motivated and independent learners equipped with the ability to think critically. His formal education is graduation in science and master’s in mathematics, school education through indifferently functioning government schools in rural Rajasthan.

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