Child Development and Pedagogy (30 Questions)

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I. Child Development and Pedagogy Syllabus (30 Questions)

a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions

  • Concept of development and its relationship with learning

  • Principles of the development of children

  • Influence of Heredity & Environment

  • Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)

  • Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives

  • Concepts of child-centered and progressive education

  • Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence

  • Multi Dimensional Intelligence

  • Language & Thought

  • Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice

  • Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.

  • Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation:   perspective and practice

• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.

b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs (5 Questions)

• Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived

• Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.

• Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

c) Learning and Pedagogy (10 Questions)

• How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.

• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.

• Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’

• Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.

• Cognition & Emotions

• Motivation and learning

• Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental

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