Swayam Central

Basic Concepts in Education

By Dr.S.Prakash   |   Principal, Thiagarajar College of Preceptors, Madurai
This course deals with Philosophical and sociological perspectives on human nature, knowledge and learning also discussed on curriculum, syllabus and textbooks for progressive thoughts in education.

Learners enrolled: 4463


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 05 Aug 2019
End Date : 13 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019
Enrollment Ends : 10 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Education
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week – I 

    1.  Philosophical and sociological perspectives: Basic assumptions about human nature, knowledge and learning
    2.  Knowledge: Distinction between body of knowledge and the child’s construction of knowledge
    3.  Knowledge in the Context of curriculum, Syllabus & Teaching

    Week – II  

    4.  School knowledge and children’s experiential knowledge
    5.  Universal & Local facets of Knowledge

    Week – III

    6.  The Child as a Learner
    7.  The Teacher - Teaching as a professional activity
    Week – IV

    8.  Teacher and parents
    9.  Teacher and the curriculum
    10. Teacher and Society

    Week – V

    11. General Introduction to Progressive thought in education
    12. The Tradition of Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Montessori, Dewey and Susan Isaacs
    13. Progressive educational thought in Indian context: Tagore, Gandhi, Gigubhai and Krishnamurthy

    Week – VI  

    14. A Detailed Study On Tagore’s Essay ‘My School’ and Dewey’s Essay ‘My Pedagogic Creed’
    15. Societal Context of Education Equality, Authority, Conflict and Change


    1. Bhatia, R. L., & Ahuja, B. N. (2008). History of Modern Indian Education. Delhi: Surjeet
    2. Lakshmi, S (1990). Challenges in education. New Delhi: Sterling publication.
    3. Santhanam, S. (2000). Philosophical and sociological foundation of education. Chennai:
        Vasantha publication.
    4. Sharma, R. N. (2008). Education in the Emerging Indian Society. Delhi: Surjeet Publications.
    5. Aggarwal.J.C. (1972). Educational Administration, Inspection, Planning and Financing India. New
        Delhi: Arya Book depot.
    6. Arulsamy.S. (2014). Educational Innovations and Management.Hyderabad: Neel kamal
    7. Dash.B.N (2004). School Organisation, Administartion and Management. New Delhi: Neelkamal
        Publications Pvt. Limited.
    8. Meenakshisundaram (2011). Educational Innovations and Management.Dindigul: Kaviyamala


    Dr.S.Prakash is working as Principal at Thiagarajar College of Preceptors ,Madurai. He has 10 years of teaching experience in colleges of Education. He has published six books, edited 19 chapters in 16 books and published 40 research articles in both National and International Journals. He has presented 18 papers in International, National, State level Seminars. He is an approved senior member of International Society for Research and Devolopment (ISRD), London.. He has acted as resource person, Education in TET seminars conducted by Dinamalar daily all over Tamilnadu. He has visited Singapore and Srilanka and studied their higher educational systems. His area of interests are Science Education, Guidance & Counselling and Educational Psychology.


    30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam