[Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]
In an article on Pre-service professional development, Reynolds and Conroy wrote:
“The “Ivory Tower” concept is prevalent in society and higher education is regularly criticized for bloated beliefs involving an egotistical sense of superiority and a matching lack of familiarity with practical, real-life issues. Likewise teacher education courses are habitually criticized for being inauthentic and/or failing to address the real issues that future teachers will encounter...”
The context obviously is American....but don’t you think it is relevant for our teacher education programmes too?
Well... another Practical Examination starts tomorrow. What should be our expectations? What will we be actually looking for ? Its going to be a tough task... For the first time in Kerala University, we will not be given the marks awarded for Internal Assessment. We will be expected to evaluate the trainee based on class room teaching which we will be observing for say, 15 to 20 minutes followed by a face to face meeting in which we ensure the trainee knows what is expected to be known and then assess and evaluate the work done by the trainee.
Please share your experience as an examiner in the comments section of this blog or email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org
With warm regards
Dr. C Praveen