Orissa: RIE, Bhubaneswar organizing National Seminar on Quality Dimensions of ECCE

14 Sep

About the Seminar

The early six years of childhood constitute the most significant period in life, because at this stage the foundations are laid for motor, sensory, cognitive, language, social and personality development. Early Childhood Care and Education(ECCE) is considered to be crucial intervention for providing an enabling and stimulating environment to the child to ensure a sound foundation for both lifelong learning and development. ECCE contributes  significantly to improvement in  enrolment, retention, participation and learning level  of children in formal schooling. The need for meaningful ECCE programme has been emphasized in the National Policy on Education (1986) and Programme of Action (POA, 1992). The significance of ECCE has been confirmed in the National Plan of Action (2005) and the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005 at national level and the Global Monitoring Report of UNESCO (2007) at international level. The NCF-2005 suggests that young children should be provided with care, opportunities and experiences that lead to all round development-physical, social, mental, emotional and school readiness. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) acknowledges the importance of ECCE for achieving universalisation of elementary education.

Quality is the most important factor that determines the outcome of any programmes for children. Relevance and excellence are two important attributes of quality care and education. As ECCE is implemented through various programmes and a lot of resources are being invested, the quality of the interventions remains a major issue to be managed. Considering the impact of the early years on the child’s development, it becomes very important to ensure that ECCE made available to the age group 0-6 is of good quality. Evolving quality programmes require concerted efforts on many fronts like regulations, quality workforce, resources, advocacy, research, curriculum and setting up norms and standards. To provide ECCE of equitable quality to all children the NCF-2005 identifies five basic dimensions of quality to be addressed namely (i) developmentally appropriate curriculum (ii) trained and adequately rewarded teachers (iii) appropriate teacher child ratio and (iv) Infrastructure supportive of children’s needs and (v) encouraging style of supervision and monitoring .It also suggests to evolve appropriate norms and guidelines and to set in place a regulatory framework. Keeping this backdrop in mind, a National seminar on quality dimensions of ECCE has been planned by Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhubaneswar on 24-25 November, 2011
Objectives of the National Seminar

• To share the views ,ideas and innovations at national/regional/state level by government and non government organizations for quality enhancement of early childhood care and education
• To deliberate on issues and concerns related to quality dimensions of early childhood care and education in India
• To document the innovations ,problems and issues on quality dimensions of early childhood care and education in the country



Themes of the Seminar:

• Policy and perspectives on early childhood care and education: National and international
• Innovation in Curriculum at early childhood stage
• Planning and managing ECCE Programmes
• Equity issues in ECCE:Gender,social group and disability
• Teacher /staff preparation for ECCE:In-service and Pre-service
• Research and innovation in ECCE
• Assessment and evaluation in ECCE
• Information and Communication Technology(ICT) in ECCE
• Advocacy and community participation in  ECCE
Invitation of Papers
Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhubaneswar invites papers from teachers, teacher educators, NGOs, Research scholars and functionaries working in the area of ECCE on the above mentioned themes. The paper should be typed in MS Word, Front size 12(Times new roman), within 4000 words .There must be an abstract of the paper within 300 words. The contributors are requested to send the full paper and abstract (hard copy) with a soft copy to The Coordinator, National Seminar on ECCE, Department of Education, Regional Institute of Education (NCERT),Sachivalay Marg,Bhoinagar, Bhubaneswar-751022,Odisha.The author/s are requested to send the soft copy by email(email:nationalseminarecce@yahoo.in   or behera17@yahoo.co.in). Only the first author of the selected paper will be invited. The last date of receiving the full paper with abstract is October, 12, 2011.No paper will be considered after the due date.

Seminar Date: 24-25 November, 2011

Venue of the Seminar: Conference Hall, Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhubaneswar

TA/DA will be paid as per norms of NCERT (limited to II AC rail fare on production of ticket) to the participants whose paper will be selected by the scrutiny committee for presentation. Intimation to the authors of the selected papers will be sent separately indicating other details of the seminar .Air fare are not permissible.

Accommodation: Accommodation, on request shall be provided to the out station participants in Sarojini Guest House/Guest House of the institute with prior intimation to the organizer in writing.

For Communication
Dr. Laxmidhar Behera
Department of Education
Regional Institute of Education (NCERT)
Sachivalaya Marg,Bhubaneswar-751022, Odisha
Email: behera17@yahoo.co.in

Important Dates
Last date of receiving full paper with abstract: 12.10.2011
Communication to author regarding acceptance of paper: 18.10.2011
Organisation of National Seminar:  24-25, November, 2011



Organinsing Committee
Prof U.K.Nanda
Regional Institute of Education (NCERT)

Prof. S.P.Pattnaik
Head, DE and Dean of Instruction

Proogramme Coordinator
Dr. Laxmidhar Behera
Assistant Professor, Department of Education

Faculty members of Department of Education, RIE, Bhubaneswar


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