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ZENITH International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 5
First page : ( 116) Last page : ( 124)
Online ISSN : 2231-5780.

Innovations and Initiatives in Teacher Education

Prof.Dr. Jyoti Sankar Pradhan

Professor of Education M. Ed Department, Y.S. Palpara Mahavidyalaya, Palpara, Purba Medinipur, W B, India

Online published on 26 June, 2018.

Abstract

Teacher education system is an important vehicle to improve the quality of school education. The revitalization and strengthening of the teacher education system is a powerful means for the upliftment of educational standards in the country. There are many issues that need urgent attention for improving the quality of teacher education programme. One of them is the need of innovations in teacher education programme. Innovativeness means the ability to think beyond the boundaries and create something which is different from that which already exists. Without innovations, no progress is possible. Due to Globalization and as a result of Information technology revolution the world is coming closer and converting into a global village. This transformation has led to faster flow of information and the occurrences in one part of the world affects the entire globe. So the young generation is widely affected by this global explosion of knowledge along with social transformation and is exposed to numerous technological gadgets which have made access easier for this generation to experiment. Our present educational system is in a need to meet this global challenge along with the creation of skilled man force. The present educational scenario of the 21st century has become prone to stressing more on ‘quality ’than on ‘quantity ’. Apart from this, education has been declared a fundamental right and as a result of this-equity, access and quality has to be ensured for all. In the light of global scenario teacher training process needs a complete transformation. A curriculum needs to be framed which is equipped with such provisions for development of teaching competencies. First a comprehensive system of providing experiential learning to the student teachers need to be incorporated in pre service teacher education programme which is skill based. In this context it will be fruitful if during training process some provision is made for providing real school exposure to students. It should provide opportunities to the student teachers to get acquainted with real experiences. There is need of providing real classroom teaching experiences to the student teachers so that they develop competencies which help them to faces these challenges of 21st Century. The curriculum should be practical oriented and project based that help them understand the real role of a teacher. There should be more emphasis on classroom oriented training. In this context it is noteworthy to mention that "Mangalayatan University", UP, India has initiated a B. Ed.-Innovative Program from the session 2009–10 which is an innovative program of teacher preparation with strong accent on development of teaching competencies and capabilities for designing effective teaching learning systems blended with value education. In this paper the author has tried to throw light on the need of innovations required in teacher education and different innovative programmees of teacher education in general and teacher education programme running by Mangalayatan University in particular.

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Keywords

Innovation, Teacher Education, Globalization, Information technology, Quality, Quantity.

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