Certificate Course for Educators
The following principles inform the way the course is taught:
- A process of dialogue involves teachers and learners in a community of enquirers;
- Enquiry methods encourage critical thinking and independent learning;
- Multiple viewpoints and interpretations helps participants understand the value of personal engagement and subjectivity in the pursuit of knowledge;
- lifelong learning through the teaching methodologies, assignments and field work is encouraged;
- Sensitivity to field realities and encouragement to apply learning in participants' particular contexts;
- Critical reading of texts and social practices with reference to their contexts; and,
- Integration of learning with teaching as a way of modelling for other teachers.
Assessment is based on assessment for learning. The following helps provide feedback:
- Student-led seminars;
- Article/textbook reviews;
- Lesson planning, classroom teaching and reflective pieces;
- Project work.
All participants are assigned a personal tutor throughout the course. Tutors provide academic guidance and feedback. We also recommend that participants keep a journal/diary during the course to record their reflections, thoughts and challenges. Diaries are private and are not assessed.
Professional Development Team
Dr Moncef Ben Abdeljelil (Course Leader, AKU-ISMC)
Dr Jan-e-Alam Khaki (Coordinator, AKU-IED)
Mr Farid Panjwani (Coordinator, AKU-ISMC)
Dr Rashida Qureshi (Member, AKU-IED)