Paper I (for Classes I to V) Primary Stage;
Duration of examination-Two-and-a-half hours
Structure and Content (All Compulsory):
(i) Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
(ii) Language I (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
(iii) Language II (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
(iv) Mathematics 30 MCQs 30 Marks
(v) Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks
Nature and standard of questions:
The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 or 11-14 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
The Test items in Language I will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.
The Test items in Language II will focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities.
Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and other as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same in the Confirmation Page.
Opt two languages in which you wish to appear for CTET : List of languages and code are as follows
The Test items in Mathematics and Environmental Studies will focus on the concepts, problem solving abilities and pedagogical understanding and applications of the subjects. In all these subject areas, the test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for classes I-V by the NCERT.
The questions in the test for Paper I will be based on the topics prescribed in syllabus of the NCERT for classes I – V but their difficulty standard as well as linkages, could be up to the Secondary stage.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF SYLLABUS
(Paper I and Paper II)
Paper I (for classes 1 to V) Primary Stage
I. Child Development and Pedagogy 30 Questions
a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions
• Concept of development and its relationship with learning
• Principles of the development of children
• Influence of Heredity& Environment
• Socialization processes:Social world& children (Teacher,Parents,Peers)
• Piaget,Kohlberg andVygotsky:constructs and critical perspectives
• Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
• Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
• Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
• Gender as a social construct;genderroles, gender-bias and educational practice
• Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community,religion etc.
• Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous& ComprehensiveEvaluation:perspective and practice
• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.
b) ConceptofInclusive education and understanding childrenwith special needs
• Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
• Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties,„impairment‟etc.
• Addressing theTalented,Creative,Specially abled Learners
c) LearningandPedagogy 10 Questions
• How children think and learn; how and why children „fail‟ to achieve success in school performance.
• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children‟s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity;social context of learning.
• Child as a problem solver and a„scientific investigator‟
• Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children‟s „errors‟ as significant steps in the learning process.
• Cognition & Emotions
• Motivation and learning
• Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental
II. Language I or II 30 Questions
a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions
Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)
b) Pedagogy ofLanguage Development 15 Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of languageTeaching
• Role of listening and speaking;function of language and how children use it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
IV Mathematics 30Questions
a) Content 15Questions
• Shapes & Spatial Understanding
• Solids around Us
• Addition andSubtraction
• Data Handling
b) Pedagogical issues 15 Questions
• Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children‟s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
• Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
• Language of Mathematics
• Community Mathematics
• Evaluation through formal and informal methods
• Problems ofTeaching
• Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
• Diagnostic and RemedialTeaching
V. EnvironmentalStudies 30 Questions
a) Content 15Questions
i. Family and Friends:
vi. ThingsWe Make and Do
b) Pedagogical Issues 15 Questions
• Concept and scope of EVS
• Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
• EnvironmentalStudies & Environmental Education
• Learning Principles
• Scope & relation toScience&SocialScience
• Approaches of presenting concepts
• Teaching material/Aids