Self Development Workshop

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSES2013122

Semester and Year Offered: Winter semester

Course Coordinator: Dr. Shivani Nag Team: Shivani Nag & Vinod R.

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Pre-requisites: None

Course Description: The focus of the self-development workshops is to enable the teacher in the process of listening and also reflection of one’s own self over a period of time. It will essentially try to give importance to team building and group work rather than individual sense of academic achievement. This journey would then necessitate meeting with and relating to diverse groups outside the school setting and also field visits to remote areas of the country where innovative practices in education and the marginalized groups are engaged. Through the labyrinth of gendered contexts at home, neighborhood, educational institutions, society at large one would reflect on negotiations, one’s relationship with others, and shaping of one’s identity. A critical and reflection on one’s own political role, contradictions, biases would be explored through this group endeavor.

Course outcomes: At the end of the workshop course, students will be able to-

  1. Reflect on one’s own self through various modes of expressions.
  2. Listen and receive other’s expression of their selves.
  3. Evolve group processes of team building and group work.
  4. Interact with diverse groups of the community and relate to their lived reality and every day experiences.
  5. Critically reflect on their gendered and political aspects of their self, family and community.


Brief Description of modules:

  1. Teachers’ personal self affects professional self which in turn affects commitment towards teaching. Here we will work with dynamics of inter-personal relationships in staffroom, classroom space, understanding group dynamics is a significant component of teachers’ experience in school—difficulties incumbent in understanding conflicts in inter-personal relationships vis-à-vis teachers, students, and parents. The transaction of the module would include field visit to alternative educational institutions / sites such as Mirambika, New Delhi; Interaction with school teachers from private and government schools focusing on the theme of the first unit.
  2. Teachers’ sense of collective: here we get students to do tasks together, organising seminar, ‘self’ analysis, introspection, relating to others , role playing in order to address inter-group dynamics. The transaction would include field visit to neighbourhood communities; interaction with the community, try to involve students to collect the narratives from the community to evolve some account of oral histories about Delhi.
  3. Relationship of Life with marginalised: Students would be encouraged to engage with children who have dropped out of school system; work with non-school going children; as part of course requirement students would be encouraged to visit orphanages, or night shelter for instance; visits to different families from various socio-economic backgrounds.
  4. Teachers in the Gendered context: life at home, life at work, interaction with the opposite sex, schooling as a gendered space. Critical sensitivity to gender issues would be addressed through the course. The module will include- two-three workshop on gender and sexualities and screening of movies like- Freedom writers and Monalisa Smile that while looking at the self of teacher, also explores how gender informs the professional self of the teacher .
  5. Political Self of the Teacher—How do they become active mobiliser towards collective action, by their participation in social movements, grass-root movements, by at least engaging with the popular debates on Education, Environment and Development among others. Transaction would involve students interacting with people from various movements, engaging with literature on movements like- Narmada Bachao Andolan, Chipko movement, movement against manual scavenging and others.
  6. Transaction of modules: The transaction of different modules would include- field visits, screening of documentaries/movies, module related workshops and discussion on select readings and texts
  7. Assessment Methodology: Assessment would be based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation of students’ participation in and completion of various tasks related to different modules and submission of self development journal (to be maintained throughout the semester) at the end of the semester.