Workshop on Instructional Strategies for Social Science Teachers
Amritsar, May 10, 2019: A two-weeks workshop on instructional strategies for social science teachers organized at the Department of Education of the Guru Nanak Dev University with a view to keep the social science teachers abreast with the latest instructional strategies for teaching social science in the changing scenario. . This workshop is being organized under the centre of learning and pedagogic studies, School of Education, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) Scheme, MHRD.
Prof. Minati panda, Coordinator, Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), Zakir Husain Centre For Educational Studies (ZHCES), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), while delivering her keynote address stressed that social science as a discipline is fundamental to the development of the society, and social science teachers while teaching should focus on development and understanding of concepts. Language should not be a barrier. She also reiterated that while using the constructivist approach in the classroom, teachers must enrich students with empirical evidence. Ideas and concepts be explored from a multidisciplinary approach. The speaker also pointed out that there are numerous methods of teaching of social science with respect to varied learner needs. However, she emphasized dialogue method stressing it the key ingredient of social science teaching.
Prof. Shweta Shenoy, Head & Dean, Department of Sports and Medicine of the university while addressing the participants shared that instructional strategies are fundamental to the teaching-learning process. She categorically emphasized that the development of science and other related discipline have to understand in a social context. The understanding of the development of cognition has to link with preferences for suitable pedagogy. For selecting Effective instructional strategies it is important to understand the characteristics of the learners.
Prof. Amit Kauts, Project Coordinator, School of Education while welcoming the guests and participants shared that for continuous development in the field of education, in-service teacher education is mandatory for the teachers. As long as teachers don’t act as learners they can’t keep themselves abreast with the current pedagogical developments. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize them with the approach of NCF 2005 and inculcate the necessary skills for effective transaction of the curriculum. This workshop will equip the teacher educators and school teachers with the changing pedagogical approaches. He also emphasized that Social Science teaching needs to be revitalized for helping the learners to acquire knowledge and skills in an interactive environment and needs innovations in teaching methods to make the learning of social science more enjoyable and effective
Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Organizing Secretary, oriented the teachers/teacher educators towards the new trend adopted in the subjects i.e geography, history, political science and economics and how this workshop will provide hands-on training to the teachers in the development of modules for strengthening the teaching-learning process. She shared that this workshop is an Endeavour to make the school teachers and teacher educators come on a common platform to work in collaboration for effective transaction of the curriculum.
There are 30 participants from various universities and colleges from all over India in the workshop. Prof. Adarsh Pal Vij, Director, HRDC of the university thanked the guests and all the participants emphasized the importance of happiness while doing the professional work as teachers.