The Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) Course is a
four-year integrated professional programme of elementary teacher
education aimed at fulfilling the need for professionally qualified
elementary school teachers.
Its multi-disciplinary emphasis is the hallmark of the programme.
Through a fruitful combination of theory and practicum courses in
the first three years, the programme culminates with a direct
experience of school functioning in the form of an internship and an
opportunity for reflection in the final year. It aims at redefining
the social function of the school teacher in the context of
achieving universalization of Elementary Education besides focusing
on developing a deep critical understanding of the curriculum and
pedagogy in teachers, who are believed to perform a transformative
role in school education.
The bilingual nature of the programme posits construction of
knowledge as a free process beyond linguistic barriers.
Heterogeneity in the student population as well as faculty
contributes to the richness and vastness of the identities and
experiences of the students and facilitates knowledge acquisition
through dialogic reflection. Being a student in the Department is
about exploring one’s talents, ambitions and creativity,
experimenting with one’s capabilities and dabbling in the joy of
realizing one’s potential.
At LSR, we also use B.El.Ed. as an acronym for ‘Building Leaders in
The graduates are competent, confident, child-friendly and socially
and politically conscious. The Department draws faculty members from
diverse disciplines who are equipped with skills that break the
boundaries of their parent disciplines to incorporate the pedagogy
and praxis of education. The annual academic meet SEHAR provides a
unique platform for students to participate in discussions and
creative activities related to the field of education.
The B.El.Ed. degree opens up a wide range of professional and
academic options such as teaching in schools, heading elementary
school systems in various capacities and teaching and research in
government and non-government sectors.
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Ms. Smriti Sharma
Dr. Kalyani A.
Dr. Jonaki B. Ghosh
Ms. Deepika Papneja
Ms. Sujata C. Chatterjee
Ms. Shruti Chopra
Ms. Pooja Singal
Note: The Department has visiting faculty and guest faculty for
certain practicum courses and faculty members from other
departments within the College for liberal option courses.
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Department of Elementary Education at Lady Shri Ram College for Women
organized its Annual Academic
Meet SEHAR-2013 on 18th January 2013.
The Department dedicated this
Meet to exploring the possibilities and challenges of inclusion of Education
for sustainable development in Teacher Education Programmes and its
implications for the school curriculum. The theme for the meet was
‘Education and Sustainable
Development: Possibilities and Challenges’.
This theme acquired utmost importance in light of the declaration of
2005-2014 as the Decade of Education for
Development (ESD) by the UN General Assembly.
The goal of environmental sustainability and its
inclusion in school curriculum poses challenges for teachers, educators as
well as curriculum developers to evolve curriculum in order
to promote teaching and
learning for sustainable development.
NCTE (2004), UNESCO (2002, 2010) emphasized the importance of
ESD in pre-service teacher and in–service teacher
education programmes. Thus, Teacher Education Programmes need to reorient
pre-service teacher education to address various aspects of Education for
The meet was an attempt to arrive at a shared
understanding of the importance of Education for Sustainable Development and
its inclusion in Teacher Education Programmes.
The meet also explored issues regarding the
sustainability issues at classroom level as
well as evolving pedagogies and
for its assessment.The
meet began with an interesting panel discussion where Prof. Anita Rampal,
Dr. Dunu Roy, Ms.
Ranjana Saikia and Dr. Aseem Shrivastava,
eminent academicians and
practitioners, who put forth
deliberations on the possibilities of integrating
Education for Sustainable
Development in Teacher Education Programmes. Their valuable insights on the
vision of Sustainable Development, conflicts and confrontations being part
of sustainability as well as the need of transforming pedagogical approaches
to translate the vision of ESD into practice enriched the discourse of the
also had several other events, which were centred around the theme of the
meet. These included a workshop on orienting pre-service teachers towards
Sustainable Development conducted by Ms. ShreyaJani, Meeting of the Minds
- a group discussion on ESD, Quriosity - a quiz on environment,
Junk - creating
something useful from junk, In the Language of Colours -
poster making competition and Environment Crusaders - a performance
to spread awareness about environmental issues. The meet received an
overwhelming response and students from other colleges participated in large
numbersin the various events.
Seminar on Education for Peace entitled "The Flight of the Dove-- Building
Cultures of Peace in the Classroom"
Seminar on Education for Peace entitled "The Flight of the Dove-- Building
Cultures of Peace in the Classroom" was jointly organized by the Departments
of Elementary Education, Psychology and Political Science on 12 January 2013
with the aim of envisioning Education for Peace by transcending the issues
of conflict which inhibit the culture of Peace in the Classroom. The
seminar was an outcome of an Interdisciplinary project undertaken by the
above mentioned departments of the College.
seminar brought all the stake holders - School Administrators, Teachers,
Policy Makers, Teacher Educators, Students and Researchers on a common
platform to deliberate on issues related to identity, how they create or
inhibit culture of peace in the classroom and Pedagogical approaches for
Peace Education.The seminar began with an insightful Panel Discussion
entiled “Education for Peace: Perspectives and Praxis” where eminent
educationists and practitioners like Prof. Poonam Batra, Ms. Abha Adams, Dr.
Jyoti Bose and Dr. Suneet Varma deliberated on relevant issues and their
views helped to
building blocks that contributed in charting a new vision of building peace.
of the one day seminar, workshops were also conducted for school teachers
and secondary school students.
The former conducted by Dr.
Shweta Singh imparted pedagogical
and psychological skills toteachers to manage identity-based conflicts in
their classrooms whereas the workshops for students conducted by Ms. Shreya
Jani and Ms. Jaya Iyer trained participants to experience different
world-views and imparted cultural
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Lectures and Workshops
Throughout the academic year, the Department organized several talks,
seminars and workshops, some of them especially focused towards the academic
requirements and content enrichment of the final year students. Prof. Poonam
Batra delivered a talk on the history and vision of the B.El.Ed programme
and the future prospects of a B. El. Ed graduate, which enabled students to
have a clear picture about the options after B. El. Ed. She also discussed
the status of primary education in India and rekindled the faith of the
young students in teaching as an exciting profession and enabled them to
look at a teacher as one who has voice and agency in the system. The
Department in collaboration with the Ahimsa Trust organized a two day
workshop on ‘Mindfulness and Applied Ethics in Education’ on 20th
and 21st of October 2012 which was preceded by a talk by Mr.
Shantum Seth on the same theme in the month of September.
The workshop aimed at
creating sustainable Practices in Mindfulness that could be brought into the
curriculum. To achieve this aim, a delegation of monastic and lay teachers,
in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh conducted a series of talks,
discussions and interesting activities which were extremely well received by
workshop provided an introduction to the core practices of Mindfulness and
Applied Ethics. These included talks, guided meditations, questions & answer
periods, discussions in groups, exercises in stress reduction, deep
relaxation, mindful consumption and the practice of techniques to restore
and maintain good communication. The two day workshop focused on assisting
students of the Department to develop their own practice through workshops
and provided them with nourishment and support which they could take back to
their schools and classrooms.
workshop on ‘Scientific Toys’ was conducted for first year students to
provide hands on experience in designing simple toys based on scientific
principles to enhance their understanding and application of concepts.
Dr. Jonaki Ghosh conducted an eight week
certificate course for the students of the Mathematics Department on
‘Modeling and Optimization with Spreadsheets’.The Department invited Ms.
Heemal Handoo Bhat, Head of Linguistics, SRDAV Public School, New Delhi who
conducted a workshop on ‘Classroom Management’ to facilitate the
understanding of the final year students prior to their school internship
programme. Workshops on ‘Story Telling Skills and Children’s Literature’
were conducted by Ms. Indira Mukherjee for the first year students. Ms.
Choiti Ghosh from TRAM Theatre also conducted a workshop on ‘Object Theatre’
for the students of the Department.
third year students visited Digantar- Shiksha evam Khelkood Samiti, Jaipur
as a part of their innovative school visit.
Digantar is an alternative education programme which is aimed at making the
child a self-motivated and independent learner with
the ability to think critically. During the weeklong visit, the students
visited two innovative schools on the outskirts of Jaipur,
processes and interacted with the founder and the resource persons. As part
of the visit, they also interviewed students, teachers and community members
closely associated with the schools. The Department organized many other events that gave
students many opportunities to grow and learn
teaching. A number of movies like Dead Poets Society, Born into
Gandhi, Mona Lisa’s Smile etc. were screened throughout the academic
year to supplement students’
learning followed by
extensive discussions.The Department in collaboration with the Departments
of Psychology and Political Science, LSR worked on a one year
Interdisciplinary project titled ‘The Imprisoned Dove: Transcending Conflict
and Building Cultures of Peace’ under the University of Delhi Innovation
Department also encouraged students to participate in events and lectures
happening outside College. Students volunteered at Delhi University during
the admission process. Aishwarya Vijay, a second year student participated
in the Inter College Football Competition at Jesus and Mary College.
annual newsletter of the Elementary Education Department SEHAR was
released in the second week of April 2013. Students from the Department were
successfully placed with schools like Presidium School, Shiv Nadar School
and The Heritage School. Organizations and universities such as Gandhi
Fellowship and Ambedkar University, Delhi visited the Department and
interacted with the graduating batch regarding options after B.El.Ed
catering to those who want to work in the field and also to those who would
want to pursue theirhigher studies. The students, in addition to organizing
and participating in the events organized by the Department, have also been
actively involved in societies like NSS, Dramatics Society, Hindi Debating
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