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Certificate in Primary Education (CPE) :
specially designed six months package for
in Primary Education (CPE) is a six months specially designed package
for untrained in-service teachers working in primary/ elementary schools
The main purpose
of the programme is to cover the backlog of large number of untrained
teachers working in primary/ elementary schools of North-Eastern states
and Sikkim and provide them minimum training required in the essential
areas of teaching and learning. The need was felt after taking
in to account the damage that can be done to the cause and quality
of education by the untrained teachers. It was thought
that through two years full-fledged teacher training programme it
may not be possible to train large number of untrained teachers in
a short period. Therefore, the need of short course, which is
comprehensive with an appropriate practical component, could help
these untrained teachers who are working for many years to develop
basic skills and competencies important for teaching and learning
specific terms, the programme is linked to five aspects of teaching-learning
The target group for the programme are the untrained or under-trained teachers teaching at primary/ elementary level schools. However, they should fulfil the eligibility criteria prescribed for admission.
DURATION : 6 Months
WEIGHTAGE : 18 Credits
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
Media of instruction are English and Hindi. The programme will also be available in Assamese and Bengali languages from January, 2003.
PROGRAMME FEE : Rs. 3000/-
COURSE STRUCTURE : The programme comprises four courses and practical component.
C – 1: TEACHING LANGUAGE (3 – Credits)
Block – 1: Development of Language Skills
Unit-1: Development of Listening and Speaking Skills
Block – 2: Curriculum Transaction
Unit-5: Using the Course Content
Block – 3: Language Teaching - A Few Aspects
Unit-8: Content Enrichment for Improving Language Teaching
C – 2: TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS (3 – Credits)
Block – 1: Curriculum Planning and Instruction in Mathematics
Unit-1: Curriculum of Mathematics at the Primary Stage
Block – 2: Teaching of Basic Mathematical Concepts
Number System, Numeration and Four Fundamental
Block – 3: Evaluation and Enrichment in Teaching Mathematics
Unit-6: Competency Based Evaluation in Mathematics
Block-1: Concept and Methodology
Unit-1: Concept and Need for Teaching EVS at Primary Stage
Unit-2: Objectives of Teaching Environmental Studies
Unit-3: Curriculum Organisation and Transaction of EVS
Unit-4: Evaluation in Environmental Studies
Block-2: Sample Unit
Unit-5: Our Living World
Unit-6: Our Body, Food and Health
Unit-7: Matter and Material Around Us
Unit-8: Air, Water and Weather
UNDERSTANDING THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD (2-Credits)
Block-1: Child Development: An Introduction
Cognitive and Language Development
Block-2: Child Development: Basic Issues
Unit-4: Basic Issues in Child Development
Unit-5: Needs of the Primary School Child
Unit-6: Play and its Significance
COMPONENTS (total 8redits)
Three different categories have been envisaged under practical activities. These are:
The evaluation system of theory and practical of CPE programme is indicated separately as follows:
Theory: (10 credits)
For theory courses, the evaluation comprises three aspects.
a) Self-assessment exercises within each unit of study (non-credit)
b) Continuous evaluation in the form of periodic assignments carries weightage of 30%
c) Term-end examination carries a weightage of 70%
Practicals: (8 credits)
For practical component, the evaluation comprises three aspects.
Continuous evaluation of practical assignments and school based
activities (2 credits)
(All the three aspects of the practicals are compulsory)
A student will have to obtain at least D grade in both continuous and terminal evaluation separately. However, the overall average grade for the successful completion of a course should be at least C grade.
IGNOU uses the system of "grading" for evaluating learners' achievement (assignment responses, practical work, etc.) on a five point scale using letter grade A, B, C, D, and E. The notional correlates of the letter grades are as follows:
Letter Grade Qualitative Level Point Grade
Grade Z (zero) is awarded for no answers or incorrect answers.
The methodology of instruction in this University is different from that of the conventional Universities. The Open University system is more learner-oriented, and the learner is an active participant in the teaching and learning process. Most of the instruction is imparted through distance mode rather than face-to-face communication.
The University follows a multi-media approach for instruction. It comprises:
a) Self-instructional Written Material
The printed material (written in self-instructional style) for both theory and practical components of the programme is supplied to the learners, which comes in the form of a booklet usually comprising 3 to 5 units.
Audio-Visual Material Aids
The learning package contains audio and video cassettes which
have been produced by the University for better clarification and
enhancement of understanding of the course material given to the student.
A video programme is normally of 25-30 minutes duration. The
audio tapes are run and video cassettes are screened at the Programme
Centres during the hours of the counselling sessions which are duly
notified by the Co-ordinator of Programme Centre.
Counselling sessions are held as per the schedule drawn beforehand by the Co-ordinator. They are held on weekends, that is to say, Saturday and Sunday of the week.
The University organises contact sessions for selected programmes to meet specific learners needs. This also gives an opportunity for face-to-face interaction of students with the members of the faculty and other experts in the subject.
Live sessions are conducted via satellite through Training and Development Communication Channel (TDCC), the schedule for which is made available at the Programme Centres. The learner will have to go to the nearest reception centre at the scheduled time for taking the benefit of this facility.
Distance Learning Facilitator
If the number of learners for a particular programme at a Programme Centre falls below 10 (ten) then usual counselling sessions will not be conducted. The support services may be handled by a Distance Learning Facilitator (DLF).
Practicals are held at designated institutions for which schedule is provided by the Programme Centre. Attendance at practicals is compulsory.
The practical handbooks are specially prepared for the students who enrol for CPE programme and for the Resource Persons who are involved in the programme. These handbooks provide the complete information and guideline about the Practical Component of the Programme. These handbooks further explain the role and responsibility of the learners and the Resource Persons and other functionaries involved in the delivery of the programme.
The University follows the multimedia approach in instruction. It comprises: