A blended mode 7 month course for further professional development jointly offered & certified by Eklavya Foundation, Bhopal and the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.
The course is designed with a focus on understanding children and childhoods in the Indian context, specifically from disadvantaged backgrounds. Whilst engaging with core issues of childhood and development, the course simultaneously poses ‘specific’ socio-cultural and political realities of the family, school and community at the core of looking at children and their learning. It deploys the participants’ field knowledge and experiences to widen the scope of understanding children and their development beyond the boundaries of disciplinary psychology; with a special focus on children with disability.
The collaboration between Eklavya Foundation and the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi forges institutional linkages between two very different teacher education initiatives — one field based; and the other, situated in the University. It brings together synergetic strengths from both the institutions through an intensive dialogue and sharing of resources and faculty.
The course aims to:
- Build capacities of participants in the area of children’s development and their process of learning, with a special focus on children with special needs.
- Forge and strengthen field-theory linkages on issues around development and learning, to make participants more capable and mindful in their work with children.
- Strengthen information about core conceptual issues and ongoing research which brings change in how participants engage with children.
- Facilitate a process of reflection from field insights, readings and discussion.
- Focus on enhancing capacities of participants in academic reading and writing.