In-service Teacher Training Education in India
“A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to bum its own flame.”-R.N. Tagore.
It is the education a teacher receives after he has entered the teaching profession and after he had his education in a Teacher’s college. It includes all the programmes-educational social or others, in which the teacher takes vital part. It also includes all the extra education which the teacher received at different institutions by way of refresher courses and all the travels and visits which he undertakes.
Need and Importance:
It may be noted that the predictive value of the Teacher Education Course is no longer a matter of concern today. On the other hand, it is being recognized as a continuous process, coextensive with teaching. That is why the Adiseshiah Committee put emphasis on the organisation of in service training courses for existing teachers in schools on a mass scale in addition to pre-service education. But, yet it can be treated as a corrective and pace-setting programme for the stage of general education for which it is designed.
Following are the needs and importance of In-Service Teacher Training programme:
1. Every Teacher a student:
Education is a life-long process. The teacher should continue to learn throughout his life. According to R.N. Tagore, “A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to bum its own flame.” Hence, no man or woman should decide to teach unless he or she is determined to learn, because a true teacher is a student all through his life.
2. Life-Long Education:
The International Commission on Education has further strengthened the need of in-service training by giving a new concept of life-long education. This report states, “Every individual must be in a position to keep learning throughout his life. The idea of life-long education is the key-stone of the learning society.”
3. For Professional Growth:
In-service training is most essential for the professional growth of the teacher. He needs to renovate his experience, refresh his knowledge, develop a wider outlook, benefit by the experiences of others, acquire new information and hence reoriented himself
4. Education is dynamic:
Education is dynamic which is always changing. Educational theories which were considered true twenty years back, no longer hold good today, Therefore, a teacher who received his training twenty years back, must receive new training today. He must remain in touch with latest trends in education. He must have the up-to-date knowledge of new problems, new methods, new techniques in education.
5. Training in Democratic living:
When the teachers meet in seminars or workshops, they develop a sense of security; a like- mindedness, a team spirit and a feeling of belongingness. So, in toto, the teachers get a training in democratic way of living.
To sum up all the above needs and importance of in-service teacher training, let us repeat what was stated by the Ministry of Education in England which holds good even today in our country. “The hall mark of a good teacher is that he is himself always learning and always developing his knowledge and understanding of children and young people. In short, a teacher-should he a person who, because of his attitude to knowledge, to ideas, to his fellows and to life generally is better educated today than he was yesterday and will; tomorrow better educated than he is today.”