Centre: Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research
The field of education needs professionals with a capacity to develop curriculum, train teachers, conduct evidenced based research to influence education policies and practices, strengthen the pedagogy of discipline-based teaching at various levels of education, contribute towards knowledge generation and use of ICT and New Media in Education, administer educational institutions and provide leadership and advocacy in achieving educational goals.
Masters programme in Education (regular mode) is commencing from the academic year 2019-20 at TISS Mumbai. This programme of post-graduate studies in education aims to develop critical knowledge of the field and discipline, and to give students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest. The programme combines an integrated discipline-based approach with a proactive orientation to policy and institutional contexts of practice.The programme offers courses in the areas of education studies, pedagogic studies, research and advanced specialisation optionals, a compulsory evaluated field attachment and research leading to a dissertation. Courses are designed to combine field and theoretical knowledge and experience. Some courses are designed as labs and workshops.
Objectives of the Programme
The overall objective of the programme is to develop capacities of students for academic study of education with a view to facilitating their active immersion and self-reflexive involvement in the field as teachers, teacher educators, curriculum, textbook and resource developers, policy making and as researchers.
The Master of Arts (Education) programme will enable a sustained and critical engagement with the discipline of Education especially as it has emerged and expanded in India. The research-based programme will help students develop an understanding to and skills relating to education studies as a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing from philosophy, sociology, history and psychology with an understanding of school curriculum pedagogy, the development of teachers, social justice in education and education and society. The programme is designed to offer students specialisations in curriculum and pedagogy (language, mathematics, science and social science education), education, development and policy; ICT and new media in education and teacher education.
Diverse career choices are open to students completing the Master of Arts (Education) programme including government organisations at the National and state levels (NCERT, SCERT, etc), University and college departments of education, research organisations, and civil society organisations/CSR initiatives/funding agencies that has an education focus in work. Students will graduate with knowledge, understanding and skills for research and practice across levels of school and teacher education, with advanced specialisations in Curriculum and Pedagogy (Language/Mathematics/Science/Social Science Education), Education Development and Policy, ICT and New Media and Teacher Education.
Evaluation and Programme CompletionAll courses will be evaluated following the TISS evaluation rules and regulations. The eleven point grading system is used for the evaluation for each course, and the final aggregate is on a seven point grading system. Evaluation is based on both assignments submitted during the course and either a term paper or an end term examination. A student must achieve a pass in each course, and failing this they would need to repeat the course the next time that it is offered (i.e. the next year). Field attachment and the dissertation are also evaluated and graded. Field attachment will be evaluated by the concerned field supervisor and an examiner from TISS. The dissertation evaluation will be carried out by an examiner from TISS, and an external examiner.
The MA Education programme spread over two years (four semesters) will be offered as a full time course covering 78 credits. The programme currently enables students to specialise in two of the seven following areas:(i) Education Development and Policy (ii) Language Education (iii) Mathematics Education (iv) Science Education (v) Social Science Education (vi) ICT and New Media in Education (vii) Teacher Education
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Advanced Specialisation — Part One + Part Two
Advanced Specialisation —Part One + Part Two
Optional Advanced Disciplinary Course
Note: 1 credit = 15 hours classroom teaching or 30 hours lab/field experience/workshop/self-study.
Learners and Learning
Policy, Institutions and Practices
Social Marginality and Education
Advanced Specialisation- Part 11 – (Choose any 1)
Choice Based Credit System Courses 3 (Open Elective)
Field Attachment 4
History of Education
Curriculum and School
Advanced Specialisation – Part One (Choose any 1)
Advanced Specialisation – Part One (Choose any 1)
Analysing Educational Innovations
Teachers and Teaching
Optional Advanced Disciplinary Course5(Choose any 1)
1. Advanced Specialisations (AS) are a set of 7 specialisations, each with 2 courses. Students are expected to choose any 2 specialisations and pursue both courses in each specialisation across two semesters. Details given in the table below.
2. This is a Practicum aimed at developing students’ understanding of the characteristics and challenges of working with different institutional systems. Students will visit institutes that the Centre is collaborating with, as part of its field action project.
3. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) Courses are to be selected from the general pool of CBCS courses (Open Electives) given on pages 38–41.
4. Field Attachment: Students will be attached with an organisation (Government/Civil Society), whose work is aligned with the student’s interests. This will allow students to both observe and learn about the field, with expert practitioners to mentor them on various aspects of education administration and policy, curriculum and pedagogy, teacher formation, etc.
5. Optional Advanced Disciplinary Courses in education will enable students to pursue their areas of interest, and develop deeper knowledge, understanding and skills relating to education.
Teacher Education – 1: Introductory Themes
Teacher Education – 2: Formation of Practice
Teaching of English
Mathematics Education – 1
Mathematics Education – 2
Science Education – 1
Science Education – 2
Social Science Education – 1
Social Science Education – 2
Education Development and Policy – 1 (Education and Development)
Education Development and Policy – 2 (Education, Nation-state and Globalisation)
ICT and New Media in Education – 1
ICT and New Media in Education – 2
Note: *Courses will be offered subject to a minimum number of students opting for the course and teacher availability
Optional Advanced Disciplinary Courses
Educational Thinkers and Thought
Cognition and Learning
Economics of Education
Management and Administration in Education
Language, Mind and Society
Teaching Learning and Assessment
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