Short notes on Teacher Education : Meaning Nature and Scope for UGC NET Paper 2 : Education

By Raja Pandit|Updated : February 21st, 2021

UGC NET Exam is conducted twice a year by NTA. There are ten units in Paper-1 and each unit has equal weightage in the examination. Most Important Topics in UGC NET Environment, Logical Reasoning, Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Communication, ICT, Higher Education. This article is for the Students who are opting Education as subject in Paper 2.

Teacher education

  • Teacher Education is commonly known as Teacher Training
  • It refers to the policies, procedures, and provision designed to equip the prospective and in-service teachers with:
    • Knowledge,
    • Attitudes
    • Behaviours
    • Skills

Teachers as the role says, are require to perform their tasks very effectively in the classroom, school, and in the wider community.

  • The professionals who engage in training the prospective teachers are called teacher educators or teacher trainers
  • It is possible to become a teacher without completing a teacher education program but teacher education is important with the following reasons:

Learn Latest Techniques

  • Teaching is one of the oldest professions
  • New techniques & teaching strategies  are researched need to be implemented in the classroom
  • It is a kind of personal teaching to aware teachers with modern techniques.

Discover Classroom Technology

  • It is not easy to get update with all the latest technology esp related class technology
  • Classroom technology is the need of the hour
  • Teacher education helps to discover new ways to use technology to enhance the experience of the students.

Network with Other Education Professionals

  • Teacher education helps in gaining professionalism
  • Peer to Peer form of learning with other teacher
  • Forming a network to share bright ideas and good teaching-learning practices

Improve Teaching Skills

  • There are lots of skills that are helpful to have as a teacher.
  • Teacher education program helps to learn skills and to figure out weaknesses and to improve in those areas.
  • This helps in confidence building and to be more prepared in classroom sessions.

Gain Experience

  • The more opportunities to teach, the better you become
  • Teacher education provides skills for better
    • classroom management techniques,
    • lesson planning,
    • lesson timing, and more
  • Teacher education programs provide opportunities to gain experience which is vital to help in becoming a better teacher.

Scope of Teacher Education :

The scope of teacher education can be understood in the following ways;

  • Teacher education at different levels of education
  • Triangular basis of teacher education
  • Aspects of teacher education

Teacher Education at different levels of Education

  • Teacher education is required as teachers at all levels of education, namely Pre-primary, Primary, Elementary, Secondary, Higher Secondary and the Tertiary need it  and requirements of students and education vary at each level.
  • Teacher education helps in the development of teaching skills as per professional institutions.
  • Teacher education helps in special education and physical education.
  • Teacher Education helps to develop effective preparedness to entrant teacher

Triangular Basis of Teacher education

  • Teacher education derives its content from the disciplines of :
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and
    • Psychological
  • Construction of the relevant knowledge base for each stage of education requires:
    • high degree of academic an
    • intellectual understanding of matter
  • These disciplines provide the base for better understanding and application of Teacher education.
  • The Philosophical basis provides
    • insights to the student teachers about the implications of- the various schools of philosophy
    • Ancient and modern philosophical thoughts
    • Educational thoughts of philosophical thinkers on education
    • Various aspects such as curriculum construction and discipline
  • The Sociological basis helps
    • student teachers to understand the role of society
    • Dynamics in the educational system of a nation and the world at large
  • The Psychological basis helps
    • student teachers develop insights into students' psychological make-up.

Aspects of Teacher Education:

  • Teacher education is concerned with the aspects:
    • who (Teacher Educator)
    • whom (Student teacher)
    • what (Content) and
    • how (Teaching Strategy)
  • Teacher education is dependent upon the quality of teacher educators.
  • The quality of pedagogical inputs in teacher education programmes
  • The effective utilization for the purpose of preparing prospective teachers depend largely on the professional competence of teacher educators

Remember  : Teacher education first deals with the preparation of effective teacher educators.

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