Objectives of the study:
To identify competencies expected in teacher educators at the elementary level based on the national document “DIET GUIDELINES-1989”.
To study the extent of requirement of the identified competencies in terms of the perceptions of teacher educators at the elementary level.
To identify the profile of competencies presently available among teacher educators in terms of their self perception.
To identify the training needs and preferences of elementary teacher educators in terms of their self perception.
To study relevance of qualification and experimental background of teacher educators to the task they perform.
To study degree of professionalism shown by the teacher educators in planning and implementing in-service education programme.
To formulate suggestive programmes of staff development for teacher educators at the elementary level.
Sample of the study:
The study involved six DIETs drawn from three educational zones of Karnataka. The total no. Of DIET wise sample breakup for observations were 42 since in two DIETS some of the teacher educators were observed twice.
The tools used for data collection consists of rating scales an observation schedule, proforma for document analysis and an interview schedule.
Design of the study:
Percentage & Chi-Square test
A total of 80 competencies were identified from the DIET-Guidelines. The DIET faculty members did not consider any of the identified competencies as not required. Thus they seem to be aware of the competencies needed to perform the routine functions. Also, it is noticeable that wing members are aware of requirement of the competencies identified under the wing.
All DIET faculty members tend to perceive themselves as fairly competent. It is noticeable that members have not perceived themselves, with regard to any of the competencies, as less competent or not competent or highly competent. It seems that faculty members wanted to be on the safer side by not declaring themselves as not competent or less competent. It is possible that the prestige of the member forbid them from making negative responses. The wing members also perceive themselves competent with regard to the competencies identified under the wing. Thus it could be expected that the situation would enhance the efficiency of wing functioning.
The DIET faculty members have demanded training with regard to many of the competencies. However they did not require a long term training with regard to any of the competencies. This could be either because, the members are partially competent with regard to the competency or they do not want to commit to a training of long duration. It seems slightly contradicting, in the case of few competencies wherein faculty members have perceived themselves highly competent and have demanded a training for the very same competency.
Keyword(s): Teacher Educators,