Thursday, 27 November 2014

Kerala PSC UP School Assistant Syllabus

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Question Division

General Knowledge - 50 Questions [including General Science and Social Science]
Child Development and Pedagogy - 25 - 30 Questions
English - 5 - 10 Questions
Maths - 10 - 15 Questions 
Child Development and Learning 
  1. Methods of studying child behaviour - observation, case study, Interview, Psychological tests etc. 
  2. Concept of development 
  3. Principles of growth and development 
  4. Influence of heredity and environment on human development 
  5. Concept of learning
  6. Basic theories of learning : Conditioning (Pavlov, Skinner); Insight learning (Gestalt); cognitive learning (Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) 
  7. Relation between development and learning : learner readiness of maturation
  8. Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky : Constructs and critical perspectives. 
  9. Concept of child - centered and progressive education - Activity based method of Teaching and Learning, Problem Based Learning 
  10. Critical perspectives of construct of intelligence (Theories of Spearman, Guilford, Thurstone and Gardner). 
  11. Language and Thought (Basic perspectives of Piaget, Chomsky and Vygotsky).
  12. Gender as a social construct: Gender roles, gender bias and educational practice 
  13. Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc., 
  14. Distinction between - Assessment for learning and Assessment of learning - school based Assessment (Internal assessment) 
  15. Continuous and comprehensive evaluation: Perspectives and practice 
  16. Assessing learner achievement - grading 
  17. Personality development - concept of personality and basic approaches to personality (Psychoanalytic and Trait) - Adjustment mechanisms 
Concepts of inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 
  1. Concept of exceptional children 
  2. Concept of children with special needs (CWSN) 
  3. Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived 
  4. Concept of learning disability (LD) - Addressing the needs of children with learning disabilities 
  5. Addressing the Talented, creative, specially abled children 

Learning and pedagogy 
  1. How children think and learn: how and why children fail to achieve success in school performance • Different factors influencing learning and achievement 
  2. Basic process of teaching and learning: Children’s strategies of learning - Learning as a social activity - social context of learning 
  3. Child as a problem solver and ‘scientific investigator’ (concept of the nature of child by Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) 
  4. Alternative concepts of Learning in children: Understanding children’s’ ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process (Self - corrective nature of the child) 
  5. Cognition and Emotions - Emotion - Basic Emotions - characteristics of childhood emotionality. Emotional Development (Bridge’s)- cognition (Thinking, Reasoning, Problems solving and Investigation) 
  6. Motivation and learning - How does motivation influence learning - Maslow’s theory of motivation 
  7. Factors contributing to learning - Personal and environmental 
(i) Emphasis should be given to questions related to classroom contexts
(ii) Classroom context should be primary level
Maths and ME
Quantitative Aptitude 
Numbers-Test of Divisibility- H.C.F & L.C.M- Simplification - Ratio & Proportions Percentage-Interest-Time& Work- Time& Distance- Area- Volume- Calendar – Clocks – Trains - Problems on Age - Etc. 
Mental Ability and Test of Reasoning 
Calculation & Logic -Coding & Decoding- Classification-Synonym-Antonym-Letter & Number Series- Odd Man Out-Analogy- Common Sense Test- Alphabetical Arrangement of Words- Date and Calendar- Sense of Direction-Etc. 
General English 
Grammar- Agreement of Subject and Verb- Confusing Adjectives and AdverbsComparison of Adjectives- Correct usage of Articles- Prepositions- Direct and IndirectSpeech- Active and Passive Voice- Correction in Sentences-Etc Vocabulary- Gender- Singular and Plural- Synonyms- Antonyms- One word SubstitutesProblem concerning words- Idioms and their meanings-Etc 
Information Technology and Cyber Laws 
Fundamentals of Computers- Internet Etc Cyber Laws 
(a) General Science
 Common Scientific Facts- Important Scientific Phenomena- Other basic facts in the field of Science.- Etc
(b) Facts about India and Geography
Facts about India Geography of India- Physical Features- Climate-Soils- Rivers- Famous Sites – Etc Demography- 
(c) Economic 

Social Development-Poverty Alleviation-Economy and Planning-Etc 
(d) History of India 
Period from 1857 to 1947- National Movement- Etc. 

(e)Constitution of India and Civil Rights 
Basic Facts-Features-Citizenship- Fundamental Rights & Duties- Directive PrincipleUnion Government- Legislature- State Executive - Union Territories- Apex Courts - Comptroller and Auditor General- Public Service Commissions and Other Important Offices- Important Amendments- Etc. 
Rights- Right to Education- Human Rights- Human Rights Commission- Right to Information- Information Commission- Social Audit- Lokayukta- Ombudsman- Women Empowerment- Women’s Commission- Legislation against Child Labour and Atrocities against women and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes- Etc
(f)Renaissance of Kerala 
Important Events/ Movements/Leaders

(A) Socio-Religious reform Movements 
SNDP Yogam, Nair Service Society, Yogakshema Sabha, Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham, Vaala Samudaya Parishkarani Sabha, Samathwa Samajam, Isla m Dharma Paripalana Sangham, Prathyaksha Raksha Daiva Sabha, Sahodara Prasthanam etc.
(B) Struggles and Social Revolts 
Upper cloth revolts.Channar agitation, Vaikom Sathy agraha, Guruvayoor Sathyagraha, Paliyam Sathyagraha. Kuttamkulam Sathyagraha, Temple Entry Proclamation, Temple Entry Act .Malyalee Memorial, Ezhava Memorial etc. Malabar riots, Civil Disobedience Movement, Abstent ion movement etc.
Thycaud Ayya Vaikundar, Sree Narayana Guru, Ayyan K ali.Chattampi Swamikal, Brahmananda Sivayogi, Vagbhadananda, Poikayil Yohannan(Kumara G uru) Dr Palpu, Palakkunnath Abraham Malpan, Mampuram Thangal, Sahodaran Ayyappan, Pandi t K P Karuppan, Pampadi John Joseph, Mannathu Padmanabhan, V T Bhattathirippad, Vakkom A bdul Khadar Maulavi, Makthi Thangal, Blessed Elias Kuriakose Chaavra, Barrister G P Pill ai, TK Madhavan, Moorkoth Kumaran, C. Krishnan, K P Kesava Menon, Dr.Ayyathan Gopalan, C V Kunjuraman, Kuroor Neelakantan Namboothiripad, Velukkutty Arayan, K P Vellon, P K Chathan Master, K Kelappan, P. Krishna Pillai, A K Gopalan, T R Krishnaswami Iyer, C Kesav an. Swami Ananda Theerthan , M C Joseph, Kuttippuzha Krishnapillai and others
Kodungallur Kunhikkuttan Thampuran, KeralaVarma Val iyakoyi Thampuran, Kandathil Varghesc Mappila. Kumaran Asan, Vallathol Narayana Menon, Ul loor S Parameswara Iyer, G Sankara Kurup, Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Chandu Menon, V aikom Muhammad Basheer. Kesav Dev, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Ponkunnam Varky, S K P ottakkad and others
(g) General Knowledge and Current Affairs 
Important World, National and Regional Events relat ed to the Political and Scientific fields, Sports, Cinema and Literature etc.
NOTE: - It may be noted that apart from the topics detailed above, questions from other topics prescribed for the educational qualifi cation of the post may also appear in the question paper. There is no undertaking that all the topics above may be covered in the question paper


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