Non-School Field Attachment

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSES2013012

Semester and Year Offered:Summer

Course Coordinator and Team:Mentored by all MA Education faculty; Coordinator: By rotation

Email of course coordinator:TBD

Pre-requisites: MA Education courses of semesters 1 and 2

Course Objectives/Description:

  • The idea of ‘field attachment’ emerges from the vision of SES, which is envisaged to ‘understand education in its historical and contemporary contexts through engaged scholarship and practice’ and ‘bridge the gap between the theory and practice of education in its multiple locations’. With this vision, Field Attachment (FA), as an essential part of the Masters in Education programme has been designed to deepen students’ engagement with education – as praxis and to develop professionals who understand both theory and practice in the ‘field’.
  • Field Attachment has been conceptualized as an opportunity to learn at/from the various sites, agencies and actors where education is practiced and (re)shaped. We believe that such an engagement would expose students to distinct ‘realities’, challenges, work and initiatives being taken in the world of education in India. Such an experience on one hand may provide concrete contexts to make sense of education and reflect on the theory that they are learning in the classroom.


Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explore linkages among theory, policy and practices of education
  • Make sense of educational phenomena in the field, using the frames offered by the various taught courses in the MA Education programme
  • Informed understanding of the various agencies, actors in the field of education through interaction with them
  • Demonstrate skills and insights relevant to working in the field and doing research


Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  • The students of the MA Education programme are required to undertake a field attachment of 3 to 4 weeks at the end of the second semester. It is worth 2 credits (situated between the second and third semester) of the total 70-credit MA programme. It is expected that the electives chosen by the students in the third and fourth semesters will support in consolidating and grounding the experiences that the students have during the field internship.
  • In the contemporary context, various sites, besides formal schools, have emerged as significant areas of situated practice in the domain of education. In the context of major changes in public policies, various new agencies and actors are participating in the daily contests over discourses and practices that are redefining the meaning of ‘good education’.
  • In the light of the above concerns, the summer Field Attachment (FA) has been conceptualized as an opportunity to learn at/from the various sites, agencies and actors where education is practiced and (re)shaped. The focus of the FA component will be to study a few key aspects of education at the field sites. For example, the role of different actors in the field of education; curriculum and material development; teacher training; quality, equity and access issues on the basis of gender/ caste/ class; financing of education; leadership and management issues and the like.


Assessment Details with weights:

  • Attendance: 20%
  • Fieldwork assessed by university supervisor: 20%
  • FA reports assessed by university supervisor: 40%
  • Presentation assessed by 2 member panel: 20%


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