Syllabus | B. Ed. | PE 8 : Understanding Disciplines and Subjects

PE 8 : Understanding Disciplines and Subjects

S. No Topic Domain Hours
Unit – I
  • The Doctrine of Disciplines
    • Disciplinary Knowledge: Nature and Scope
    • Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Nature, Scope and Need
    • Meaning, Characteristics and Nature of Academic Disciplines
    • Role of Discipline Knowledge in the school curriculum
  • Paradigm shifts in the nature of Disciplines
    • History and Origin of Pedagogic Subjects; Philosophical, Sociological & Educational Perspective
    • Understanding Subjects: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Approach within different subjects
Desirable to Know


Must Know


Unit – II Education as Interdisciplinary Knowledge

  • Critical analysis of Education as a discipline/ area of study.
    • Education as a socially contrived system influenced by different factors.
  • Interdisciplinary nature of Education; relationships with disciplines/ subjects such as Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Management, Economics, Anthropology etc.
  • Theoretical Perspective of Education
    • School Education – contemporary challenges
    • Linkage between Education and other development sectors.
    • Emerging dimensions of School and Teacher Education.
    • Knowledge and Pedagogy
  • Support System of Education
    • Re-conceptualism of learning resources – Textbooks, Workbooks and Multimedia
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of schools
Must Know 16

Tasks and Assignments: Any Two Activities

  • Critical readings of specific texts to develop conceptual clarity
  • Critical analysis of a curriculum/ syllabus of particular school subject
  • Evaluate a textbook of secondary class with reference to its adequacy and in achieving

Expected learning outcomes

  • Observing, Documenting and Interpreting Classroom Discourse (Teaching-Learning Episodes)


Suggested Reading:

  • Bonrs, J. A. (2001). Cultural Diversity and Education. Foundations Curriculum and Teaching (4th Ed) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Bruner, J.S. (2006). In search of Pedagogy. Vol. I and Vol. II (The selected work) Routledge.
  • Bruner, J.S. (1960). The Process of Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Das, M. (1999). Sri Aurobindo One Education. NCTE, New Delhi.
  • Deng, Z. (2013). School Subjects and Academic Disciplines. In A. Luke, A. Woods, & K. Weir (Eds.), Curriculum, Syllabus Design and Equity: A Primer and Model. Routledge. Dewey, J. (2004). Democracy and Education. Courier Dover Publications.
  • Goodson, I.F., and Marsh, C.J. (2005). Studying School Subjects: A Guide. Routledge
  • Hall, C., and Hall, E. (2003). Human Relations in Education. Routledge.
  • Krishnan, A. (2009). What are Academic Disciplines? University of Southampton , NCRM E Prints Repository
  • NCERT (2005). National Curriculum Framework.
  • NCERT (2006). Teacher Education for Curriculum Renewal.
  • NCERT Report (2010) National Curriculum Framework.

NCTE (2009). National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Educators, New Delhi.