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Sibal releases curriculum framework for teacher education

By A Staff Reporter

The “National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education” developed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) was released by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal.

This Framework is an outcome of a major exercise undertaken by the NCTE towards improving the quality of teacher education by incorporating a newer vision of school education and dovetailing the same into a vision for teacher education. Two significant developments – the National Curriculum Framework, 2005 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, have guided the development of this Framework.

The document deals with preparing and re-orienting teachers for enabling the child to learn through activities, discovery and exploration of his environment and surroundings in a child friendly and child-centred manner, inclusive education, perspective for equitable and sustainable development, gender perspectives, role of community knowledge in education and ICT in schooling as well as e-learning. The focus of this framework is towards preparing a professional and humane teacher, who becomes a reflective practitioner of educational thought and practice.

The framework is the first step in a journey, the milestones of which will be advocacy of the concerns detailed therein, initiating meaningful and novel curriculum development ventures, professional orientation and training of teachers and teacher educators, and a fillip to research in teacher education.

The framework has been evolved through a nationwide consultative and participatory process involving experts, teacher educators, teachers, researchers, educational administrators, material writers drawn from NCERT, universities, colleges of education, DIETs and the state governments.