ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE AND QUALITY IN THE PRESENT TEACHER EDUCATION SYSTEM OF INDIA THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS IN THE PRESENT ERA OF COMMERCIALIZATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION: EMERGING ISSUES AND STRATEGIES By Dr. Shazli Hasan Khan[1]

Abstract

                The usefulness and effectiveness of any education system is closely linked to teachers’ skill and competence. The system has not only to take cognizance of our country’s present and future socio-economic needs but also should keep the global scenario in view.

                Today’s teacher-trainees are tomorrow’s teachers in schools and higher education system. ‘School’ is the stage where foundation of strong character and all round development of young boys and girls is laid. Therefore, teachers in schools must themselves be so trained and equipped that they fully realize the significance of their role as teachers and guides for the future citizens of our country. Our existing teachers’ training institutes are woefully short of the minimum facilities and infrastructure needed to train them and equip our future teachers in an ideal way. The present paper emphasizes some of the important ways and means to achieve teachers’ professional development.

                The teachers must not only know the most effective methods of teaching and various related strategies but also make the teaching learning process interesting and meaningful for the students. The ‘quality’ of education indeed has several aspects. For this the teachers themselves have to be trained not only in teaching methods and techniques, but must also be dedicated, motivated and knowledgeable. The government, management of schools and several government-established agencies are doing their bit to improve the quality and raise the standard of education. But still a lot more is needed to achieve our ambition and goals.

Keywords: Quality, Teaching Effectiveness, Professional Development, Teacher Education.                

[1] Senior Assistant Professor,Dept. of Education & Training,MANUU, Hyderabad.

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