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M.A.

(Edu)

M. A. (Education) 2nd Year

ASSIGNMENTS (January - 2010)

School of Education

Indira Gandhi National Open University Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068

ASSIGNMENTS JANUARY 2010 MASTER OF ARTS (EDUCATION)-2nd YEAR

Please Note: a) b) c) Students are advised to select the assignments from the Specialized Area they have opted for. The Assignment Responses (ARs) may be submitted by hand or sent by registered post to the Programme in Charge of your Programme Centre. You should retain a copy of all the assignments in your own interest. SPECIALIZED AREA: HIGHER EDUCATION MES-101: HIGHER EDUCATION: ITS CONTEXT AND LINKAGES Assignment: 01 a) In what way did the national movement impact the system of education in India? Give illustrations to support your answer. (500 words) The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has suggested the establishment of a supra-body to perform the functions of bodies like UGC, AICTE, NCTE, etc. In this context: i) ii) c) discuss NKCs criticisms of the existing bodies; and discuss the role and functions of the proposed body. (500 words) Discuss the role of Open and Distance Learning in the sector of higher education in India. Illustrate your answers with examples. (500 words)

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MES -102: INSTRUCTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION Assignment: 01 a) Define instructional system Describe different steps involved in the development of an instructional system with an example. (500 words) What is teacher competence? Discuss various teacher competencies required of a teacher at the tertiary level. (500 words) After joining a college, you are asked by the Principal of the college to prepare a question paper in the subject of your teaching. Discuss the steps to be followed while developing the question paper. (500 words)

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MES-103: HIGHER EDUCATION: THE PSYCHO-SOCIAL CONTEXT Assignment: 01 a) youths. (500 words) b) c) Explain the concept and characteristics of a learning organization. Discuss the guidelines to promote a learning organization. (500 words) Discuss contemporary approaches to teaching in the context of teaching at the college level. (500 words) Describe various constituents of personality with examples from the college going

MES 104: PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION Assignment: 01 a) University is a community of scholars and a community of equals and unequals. Explain the statement. (500 words) What is a budget? Explain the process of budget preparation and its significance in financial planning of the Universities. (500 words) What is curriculum evaluation? Discuss various aspects of curriculum evaluation at higher level. (500 words)

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SPECIALIZED AREA: DISTANCE EDUCATION MES-111: GROWTH AND PHILOSOPY OF DISTANCE EDUCATION Assignment: 01 a) Discuss briefly the relative effectiveness of face-to-face education and distance education (500 words) Define distance education. Justify distance education as a mode of providing effective education to the learners. (500 words) Discuss briefly the socio-historical compulsions that led to the spread of distance education in the developing countries. (500 words)

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MES-112: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-LEARNING PRINT MATERIALS Assignment: 01 a) b) Discuss Gagnes views on learning and their implications for distance education (500 words) Describe briefly different mechanisms used for feedback and assessment in distance education (500 words) Suppose you are asked to prepare a course for a distance education institution. Describe briefly the stages you will follow for preparation of the course. (500 words)

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MES-113: LEARNER SUPPORT SERVICES Assignment: 01 a) What are learner support services? Discuss why they are needed by a distance learner? (500 words) Explain the meaning of counselling. Describe the skills of a distance education counsellor with examples. (500 words) Discuss the pitfalls a distance teacher faces while grading an assignmentresponse. Suggest ways to overcome such pitfalls. (500 words)

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MES-114: MANAGEMENT OF DISTANCE EDUCATION Assignment: 01 a) b) Critically analyse and explain various issues in Indian higher education system. (500 words) Discuss briefly various aspects that need to be considered while planning the establishment of a distance education institution. (500 words) Explain the need and significance of change or organizational renewal in distance education institutions. Discuss the major components that are to be addressed in brining change or organizational renewal in DE institutions. (500 words)

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MES- 115: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION Assignment: 01 a) Define the concept of communication. Explain its implications in the context of distance education. (500 words) Identify a topic from subject of your choice. Develop a brief video script for the same topic. (500 words) Discuss briefly applications of satellite-based communication in distance education. (500 words)

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SPECIALIZED AREA: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MES- 031: ET AN OVERVIEW Assignment: 01 a) Define Educational Technology. Describe the various phases of evolution of educational technology. (500 words) Explain how teaching-learning process is a system. Discuss the various stages of designing an instructional system. (500 words) Conduct a survey of any three secondary/senior secondary schools in your locality. Find out from the Principal/Headmaster and teachers about educational technologies available in the schools and how they are used for administrative and instructional purposes. Prepare a report on the conduct and the findings of the survey. (500 words)

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MES- 032:

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Assignment: 01 a) What is technological obsolescence? What is its impact on schools? Suggest ways to cope up with it. (500 words) Develop a short script for audio. (500 words) c) Write a short note on the origin of print medium. Discuss its impact on education. (500 words)

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MES- 033: Computer Technology Assignment: 01 a) What do you understand by mobile computing? Suggest measures to integrate mobile computing into the teaching-learning process. (500 words) Visit the official web-sites of at least 05 (five) Central universities and write a review of their usefulness for students. (500 words) Create your web-page (home-page) on any one of the free-hosting sites and submit the print out for evaluation. (500 words)

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MES 034: DESIGNING COURSEWARE Assignment 01 a) b) c) Discuss the design elements for audio and video. (500 words) Explain how you will carry out evaluation of the non-scholastic areas. (500 words) Discuss how a teacher can help in utilization of courseware. Explain how courseware is delivered by IGNOU. (500 words)

SPECIALIZED AREA: EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT MES-041: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT Assignment: 01 a) Discuss the historical perspective of educational management in the preindependence period. (500 words) Explain the major issues associated with management at the non-governmental institutions in the country. (500 words) Discuss the applications of ICTs in management of any educational organization. (500 words)

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MES-042: DIMENSIONS OF EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT Assignment: 01 a) Discuss the role of constitutional provisions in the formulation and implementation of policies for education in the country. (500 words) Describe the role of state governments in financing of education. (500 words) c) Discuss community mobilization decentralization of elementary education. and participation in the context (500 words) of

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MES-043: ORGANISATIONAL MANAGEMENT Assignment: 01 a) b) Discuss the implications of theories of motivation for educational management. (500 words) Discuss the significance of transformational leadership in educational management. (500 words) Discuss the role of communication in the management of an educational organization. (500 words)

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MES-044: INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT Assignment: 01 a) b) c) Describe indices of effective classroom management. (500 words) Discuss the importance of basic concepts of accounting with examples. (500 words) Discuss laboratory management with examples from a school / college context. (500 words)