HOW TO SCORE WELL IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PEDAGOGY SECTION FOR CTET EXAMINATION
CTET 2020 is an entrance examination conducted by the Government of India to recruit teachers in Government schools across India for class 1 to 8. This exam is based on National Curriculum Network framework, created for proposing changes and updates to the National Council for Teachers’ Education. Candidates possessing professional qualifications such as B.T.C. (D.El.Ed), B.Ed., and B.El.Ed. can take this test and must attain 60% marks to qualify this exam.
CTET 2020 Exam is divided into two papers. Candidates who wish to teach class 1 to 5 should appear for Paper-I and those who wish to teach class 6 to 8 should appear for Paper-II. Both the papers have five main subjects and most of the subjects are same in both the papers. These five subjects are:
Child Development & Pedagogy
Environmental studies for Paper-I and Social Studies for Paper–II
The CTET 2020 Child Development and Pedagogy section have a weightage of 30 marks in each paper. The syllabus and topics are common for both the papers. It is a very conceptual and theoretical subject and a good scoring section as well for students. Preparing for this subject is simple and realistic. It focusses on how fast the learner’s grasp things. Here are a few tips that will help you score better in this section of the examination.
KNOW THE SUBJECT
For qualifying CTET 2020, knowing the several pedagogical approaches and considerations used for teaching a child effectively is very important. Child development and Pedagogy subject deal with this. The main focus is on child motivation, their attention and removal of learning barrier.
KNOW THE SYLLABUS
The most important key to mastering this section of the paper is to know the syllabus thoroughly. As the subject is huge, knowing the syllabus will help you narrow down the topics to be studied and prepared.
Reading research papers helps aspirants tremendously in CTET exam preparation. Aspirants must develop the habit of reading research papers on pedagogy & related subjects. Besides helping in the CTET exam, these papers also help in future teaching assignments. The papers focus on effective pedagogies and can be found on the following websites
BEST BOOKS FOR BEST RESULTS
For CTET Exam preparation, aspirants must refer to the relevant book because of the vastness of the subject. Many books are available on pedagogy but aspirant should adhere to the subject syllabus and choose the book accordingly. Right book selection helps in scoring high marks compared to studying from random books. Here is a list of few recommended books for CTET Exam preparation
- Child Development & Pedagogy for CTET & STET (Paper 1 & 2) 2nd Edition- Disha Publications
- Teaching Aptitude & Teaching Attitude: For All Teachers Recruitment Examinations- RPH Editorial Board
- A Complete Resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy- Pearson Publication
- PRACTICE PREVIOUS YEARS’ PAPERS
As has been advised in all other exam preparations, the same rule applies in CTET Exam preparation as well – practising and reviewing previous year papers. Previous year papers help in gaining insights into the CTET exam such as the difficulty levels of questions, types of questions and their proportion.
Practising these papers also helps in determining the gap between the gap in aspirant’s gained knowledge before the exam. This gap will help you understand the efforts required to fill the gap and perform graciously in the examination. These papers also help in developing a revision plan. The offline source of previous year papers few of which are
- CTET & TETs Previous Year' Solved Papers class I-V Paper-I- Arihant Publications
- CTET & TETs Previous Year' Solved papers Mathematics & Science Class VI-VII- Arihant Publications
ONLINE TEST SERIES
Practising helps improve. Taking the Online test series helps aspirants evaluate how well prepared they are for the exam. There are a series of online tests available for CTET 2020. These test series will help in determining the aspirant’s problem-solving skills and put a grip on concepts. Eduwhere also provides test series for CTET Exam. Aspirants can subscribe for Eduwhere edge which is available at Rs 99 for 1 month and Rs 199 for 3 months and practice unlimited test series online.
Following the above steps can help the aspirants score very well in the CTET 2020 Exam and also help in their future work.