UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IN TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN MUMBAI CITY
Contemporary life is being transformed by ‘Widening, deepening and speeding up of worldwide connectedness’
in all aspects. This process of transformation is true of higher education too. The expertise of the
University is meant for the “service” and “transformation” of society. Hence the relevance of knowledge
generated and its applicability to solving problems of society has now become the concern of higher
education at large and universities in particular.
Recent policy interventions have compelled academicians to look at the enormous possibilities of
enrichment that the university system can offer to teacher education programmes as well
as the how the discipline of education can enrich the life and identity of the university.
This study will look at the concept of teaching and learning in higher education specific to teacher education.
Student learning and university teaching will be discussed with the aim of encouraging high quality, more
satisfying learning based on research in higher education. The study will give an insight into the
‘service’ and ‘transformation’ function of teacher education institutions. It will also delve into the
factors responsible for teacher education programmes alignment with the objectives of higher education
regarding the concept of teaching and learning in higher education institutions.
GOMATHI JATIN SHAH
Gomathi is a teacher educator, presently working as Associate Professor with the Centre for Education
Innovation and Action Research at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. With a Ph.D. in Education
from the University of Mumbai, she has taught various courses in teacher education institutions and
nurtures a keen interest in school and classroom practices. Her areas of interest include teacher
education, school education, classroom pedagogy and practices, adolescent psychology, and research.
She has conducted workshops related to classroom management and mentoring for action researches.
Her recent work includes research on school management committees across India.
Sybil Thomas, Professor from the Department of Education, University of Mumbai has been in the field of
teacher education for many years with a stint of administrative experience as Principal of the
St. Xavier's Institute of Education. She is passionate about seeing how teacher education evolves
to fulfill the objectives of higher education. Using a mixed method approach to research,
she would like to see how teachers and students alike take part in the process of knowledge generation
for the service and transformation of society.
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