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 Education’.
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.
Dr. Jonaki Ghosh teaches courses in Logico-Mathematics Education, Core Mathematics and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Her research interests are in Professional Development of Mathematics teachers and use of Technology in Mathematics Instruction.
Dr. Kalyani A. teaches courses in Pedagogy of Mathematics and Pedagogy of EVS. Her research interests are in Science and Mathematics Education.
Ms. Smriti Sharma teaches courses in Cognition and Learning. Her research interests are in Teacher Education, Systemic Issues in Schools and Children's learning.
Ms. Tripti Bassi teaches courses in Contemporary India, Core Social Sciences and Pedagogy of Social Sciences. Her research interests are in the areas of Social Sciences and Gender Studies.
Ms. Deepika Papneja teaches courses in Gender and Schooling and Basic Concepts in Education. Her research interests are in Gender Studies, Gender and Schooling and Social Science Education.
Ms. Sujata Chatterjee Chowdhury takes up courses in Nature of Language and Language Acquisition. Her research interests are in Applied and Socio-Linguistics.
Ms. Shruti Chopra teaches courses in Core Natural Sciences, School Planning and Management and Curriculum Studies. Her research interests are in Science Education.
Ms. Pooja Singal teaches courses in Language across the Curriculum and Pedagogy of Language. Her research interests are in Pedagogical Frameworks of Language, Teaching of English as a Second Language and Exploring Literature in Language Classrooms.
Besides the core faculty members, the Department invites faculty members from other disciplinary areas within the College for teaching various liberal courses. Guest faculty and several resource persons are also invited for teaching practicum courses and conducting workshops.