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Capacity Building Program for DIETs, West Bengal


HBCSE conducted a 12-day intensive residential course on "Building capacity for teacher development" for the DIET science and mathematics faculty of  West Bengal from 24th September to 6th October 2012 in HBCSE, Mumbai.

There were 25 participants from West Bengal (11 DIETs, 14 PTTIs) in the workshop.

The HBCSE resource persons for the course comprised of senior faculty, scientific officers, post-doctoral fellows, research scholars and project staff.

The day-wise schedule provides the details of the program for the workshop.

The focus of the workshop was to deploy the teacher educators with subject specific content knowledge, using various teaching methods, conducting hands-on activities, developing resources. The workshop  enabled the teacher educators to help them to transact the delivery to their student-teachers back in their own DIETs. As a strong point of the workshop,we emphasized to create interface between school education and teacher education, the workshop was build upon the material from school curriculum, D.Ed. curriculum.

The themes of the workshop were based around the areas of analyzing classroom teaching, analysis of textbook and curriculum material, students' thinking, readings of research materials, assessment, action research, learning and constructivism, developing hands-on science activities through investigatory projects. The workshop was entirely participatory mode with discussion-based, activity based. Throughout the workshop, the teacher educators presented their work to their peers through presentations of their task assigned during the workshop. As part of the workshop, there were visit to TIFR.

A newly introduced component for the West Bengal course was setting up and using of Moodle, an online e-learning platform for holding discussion and uploading of presentations, resource materials, assignments, project work, etc. This online platform has potential for implementation in teacher education and needs further development and trial. The TPD Moodle website can be accessed through guest login for browsing the contents.

Detailed, written feedback for each session was collected from the participants. The participants felt that this was a unique course in science and mathematics education and teacher education. The teacher educators particularly appreciated learning by an investigative approach as all of them got the opportunity to investigate and conduct science projects in the HBCSE labs for two weeks. Almost all the participants mentioned that the sessions were enriching and they would certainly use the experience in their teaching program.

  • HBCSE Resource Persons: S. C. Agarkar, Minakshi Bhattacharya, Pooja Birwatkar, Arindam Bose, Indrani Das, N. D. Deshmukh, Rajkumar Diwakar, Akshay Gole, K. T. Hambhir, Karen Haydock, P. K. Joshi, Rakesh Joshi, Rajendra Kadam, Aaloka Kanhere, Tuba Khan, Meena Kharatmal, Arunachal Kumar, Ruchi Kumar, A. T. Mavalankar, K. K. Mishra, Adithi Muralidhar, Manoj Nair, Swapna Narvekar, Shirish Pathare, Praveen Pathak, Jeenath Rahaman, Jayashree Ramadas, D. P. Roy, Riyazuddin Shaikh, Saurav Shome, Gurinder Singh, Himanshu Srivastava, V. C. Sonawane, K. Subramaniam, Shikha Takker, Arsheya Taskeen


A map of West Bengal showing number of districts represented in the workshop.


Group Photo of TPD Participants