Psychology Teacher Training Workshop

Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram organized a two day Psychology Teacher Training Workshop on 21st and 22nd December 2012. Teachers from twenty five schools of Delhi participated in it.

The agenda of the workshop consisted of reflecting on the teaching of psychology, assessing the present day curriculum, brainstorming pedagogy as well as assessment in terms of national curriculum framework. The keynote address on Day 1 was delivered by Professor Anjum Sibia of the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundation of Education, NCERT. In her keynote address, Professor Sibia elaborated on how psychology formed the foundation of education and why psychology teachers needed to do much more than merely teach their subject. Speaking of the various problems faced by India’s schooling system, such as multi-grade teacher and single-teacher schools, the system’s inflexibility and the disconnect between teacher educators, trainee teachers and students, Professor Sibia noted that the NCERT was now more aware of the crucial role psychology played in education, and that that awareness had prompted the shift in the National Curriculum Framework, 2005 from a content curriculum to a process curriculum. Professor Sibia also spoke of how, with the Right to Education Act in effect, psychology would be instrumental in aiding first generation learners’ acclimatisation to a new environment. Professor Sibia closed her address by encouraging teachers to undertake research and apprising them of the various funds and tools at their disposal.

Ms. Vishakha Kumar of DPS R.K.Puram made a presentation on the National Curriculum Framework, 2005. She illustrated how the Framework was extensively based on the works of notable psychologists and how psychology had influenced the framework’s conception of the teacher, the learner and the learning process.

In the group work session of the workshop, teachers were divided into groups of four and assigned topics. Each group proceeded to make a presentation on the assigned topic which was put forth to the larger group and assessed by the keynote speaker on Day 2. The topics assigned were: the assessment of the psychology textbooks of classes 11 and 12, analysis of the pedagogy of teaching psychology in school, the appraisal of school-level psychology practicals and the examination of the evaluation system.

The keynote speaker on 22nd December 2012 was Professor Nandita Babu of the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi. Professor Babu reviewed the presentations put forward by each team and provided inputs on how to resolve the issues highlighted by the presentations. Each presentation was followed by a brainstorming session which allowed those present to express their views, share personal experiences and come up with creative solutions to common problems.

The workshop was coordinated by Ms. Vithika Rahul, the Head of the Department of Psychology at DPS R.K.Puram and her team of teachers.

Psychology Teacher Training Workshop