Basic Concepts in Education

By Dr.S.Prakash   |   Principal, Thiagarajar College of Preceptors,Madurai - 625 009
Learners enrolled: 14537
This course deals with an introduction to Philosophical and Sociological perspectives on basic assumptions about human nature, knowledge and learning.The course also explains briefly about the distinction between body of knowledge and child’s construction of knowledge.  It also highlights on the concept of the child as a learner, the teacher, the role of teacher with respect to parents, curriculum, and society.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 13 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week – I 

1.  Philosophical and sociological perspectives: Basic assumptions about human nature, knowledge and learning
2.  Knowledge: Distinction between body of knowledge and the child’s construction of knowledge
3.  Knowledge in the Context of curriculum, Syllabus & Teaching

Week – II  

4.  School knowledge and children’s experiential knowledge
5.  Universal & Local facets of Knowledge

Week – III

6.  The Child as a Learner
7.  The Teacher - Teaching as a professional activity
Week – IV

8.  Teacher and parents
9.  Teacher and the curriculum
10. Teacher and Society

Week – V

11. General Introduction to Progressive thought in education
12. The Tradition of Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Montessori, Dewey and Susan Isaacs
13. Progressive educational thought in Indian context: Tagore, Gandhi, Gigubhai and Krishnamurthy

Week – VI  

14. A Detailed Study On Tagore’s Essay ‘My School’ and Dewey’s Essay ‘My Pedagogic Creed’
15. Societal Context of Education Equality, Authority, Conflict and Change

Books and references

1. Bhatia, R. L., & Ahuja, B. N. (2008). History of Modern Indian Education. Delhi: Surjeet Publications.
2. Lakshmi, S (1990). Challenges in education. New Delhi: Sterling publication.
3. Santhanam, S. (2000). Philosophical and sociological foundation of education. Chennai: Vasantha publication.
4. Sharma, R. N. (2008). Education in the Emerging Indian Society. Delhi: Surjeet Publications.
5. Aggarwal.J.C. (1972). Educational Administration, Inspection, Planning and Financing India. New Delhi: Arya Book depot.
6. Arulsamy.S. (2014). Educational Innovations and Management.Hyderabad: Neel kamal Publications.
7. Dash.B.N (2004). School Organisation, Administartion and Management. New Delhi: Neelkamal Publications Pvt. Limited.
8. Meenakshisundaram (2011). Educational Innovations and Management.Dindigul: Kaviyamala Publishers.

Instructor bio


Principal, Thiagarajar College of Preceptors,Madurai - 625 009
Dr.S.Prakash is working as Principal at Thiagarajar College of Preceptors (Aided),Madurai. He served as a Principal, Assistant Professor of Education & Physical Science in TVS Teacher Training Academy, Madurai for four years , as Assistant Professor of Physical Science at Peniel Rural College of Education, Natham, Dindigul district for six years.He has obtained Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at American college, Madurai and Master’s degree in Chemistry at Madura college, Madurai. He completed his B.Ed., M.Ed.,M.Phil. degrees in Education from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and his Doctorate degree in Education from M.S University,Tirunelveli. He has 13 years of teaching experience in Colleges of Education.He has published eleven books, edited 19 chapters in 16 books and published 48 research articles in both National and International Journals. He has participated in several International, National, State level Seminars and presented 20 papers. He is an approved senior member of International Society for Research and Devolopment (ISRD), London. He has prepared 22 e-content materials and served as Course Coordinator for three courses on SWAYAM portal offered by MHRD, Government of India.  He has acted as resource person, Education in TET seminars conducted by Dinamalar daily all over Tamilnadu. He has visited countries like Singapore & Srilanka and studied their higher educational systems. His areas of interest are Science Education, Guidance & Counselling and Educational Psychology.

Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam

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