West Bengal School Service Commission pedagogy syllabus

The West Bengal School Service Commission  pedagogy syllabus was just released as under. Shown on the right are the marking system.

 

Paper II (for classes VI to VIII) Elementary Stage: 30 Questions
I. Child Development and Pedagogy                              15
Questions

a) Child Development (Elementary School Child)
• Concept of development and its relationship with learning
• Principles of the development of children
• Influence of Heredity & Environment
• Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
• Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
• Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
• Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
• Multi Dimensional Intelligence
• Language & Thought
• Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice
• Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on
diversity of
language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.
• Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; SchoolBased Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and
practice
• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for
enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner
achievement.

b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
5 Questions
• Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and
deprived
• Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc
• Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners
c) Learning and Pedagogy 10
Questions
• How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in
school
performance
• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning;
learning as
a social activity; social context of learning.
• Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’ Alternative conceptions of
learning in children; understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the
learning
process.
• Cognition & Emotions
• Motivation and learning
• Factors contributing to learning personal & environmentalII. Language I. 30
Questions
a) Language Comprehension 15
Questions
Reading unseen passages- two passages one prose or drama and one poem with
questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage
may
be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a
tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for
communicating
ideas verbally and in written form;
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties,
errors
and disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading
and
writing
• Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual
resource of
the classroom
• Remedial Teaching
III. Language- II 30
Questions
a)Comprehension 15
Questions
Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with
questions on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a
tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for
communicating
ideas verbally and in written form;
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties,
errorsand disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading
and
writing
• Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual
resource of
the classroom
• Remedial Teaching

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