Cognition refers to the mental actions or processes that lead to acquisition of knowledge, experience through senses and understanding through thoughts. It includes processes like attention, memory, perception and thought. This unit will also include studies relating to intelligences, emotions and learning networks that empower learning through sensory integration. Further, studies in cognitive sciences, brain-based learning, and social construction of knowledge will be included.
The questions under this unit will cover all principles, processes and theories related to the above topics.
Assessment refers to the processes that lead to the judgment of knowledge, understanding, skills and levels of application of a set of concepts and, practices using specific tools contextual to the area or subject of assessment. It is largely applied as an objective mode of benchmarking the learning profile of a learner on certain prescribed norms. It could also be applied and used as a tool to the above purpose with variations in style to examine the higher levels of knowledge, thought architectures, creative and critical thinking, and also in different contexts to meet some defined objectives.
Pedagogy refers to the methods of imparting knowledge and skills in an educational environment, which includes processes, strategies, interactions and resources that empower learning. It includes the art and science of teaching and encompasses all theories of learning. It is influenced by the socio-cultural contexts, geo-political ideologies, scientific and technological interventions leading to purposeful articulation of the learning content.
The questions under this unit will cover the conceptual developments in these areas along with the relevant interventional strategies from time to time.
Contemporary Skills refers to the skills that need to be acquired by a teacher in their professional environment, in the areas of knowledge and pedagogy, that would help them to display exemplary performance leading to enhanced quality in their functions. It takes stock of their current learning relating to the developments contributed by research and experience. The area would also cover the concerns and developments in global dynamics, reflecting patterns of effective knowledge transactions, their processing and management. Skills relating to the abilities to deal with differentiated learning would also be an area of assessment in this unit.