Competent teachers are usually knowledgeable in their respective content areas.  Being part of the education system, teachers need to be aware of the contemporary issues and trends in education. Issues such as population explosion, Gender Development, and sustainable development require a broad based knowledge approach for teacher preparation. Therefore, a course on contemporary issues and trends in education is considered significant to develop an insight among teachers.


At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • argue on the positive and negative impact of the information explosion
  • explore the  gap  between  madrassah  and  mainstream education and identify appropriate government responses
  • identify barriers to the achievement of universal literacy and how these may be removed at the local level
  • discuss the gradually reducing gender disparity in education in Pakistan and its likely consequences
  • consider how best environmental awareness can be enhanced through schools
  • consider  the  consequence  of  the  growing  privatization  of education


Research Report                                             30%

Presentation                                                    20%

Final paper                                                      50%

Recommended Book

Y.P.Aggarwal (1988) Research in Emerging fields of Education: concepts, Trends and Prospects. Sterling Publishers New Delhi

Lind, A. (2008). Literacy for all: Making a difference (Vol. 7). Paris: Unesco.

Lopez, N. (2003). Hopeful girls, troubled boys: Race and gender disparity in urban education. Psychology Press.

Malik, J. (Ed.). (2007). Madrasas in South Asia: teaching terror?. Routledge.

Suggested Books

AIOU (2006) Population Education Course MA EPM 584, Islamabad: AIOU.

Modhukar Indira  (2003).   Changing  Demands  of   Technical  and Vocational Education, Annual Publication New Delhi.

Pakistan,  Govt.  (2003). Education  for  All,  Ministry  of  Education Curriculum Wing Islamabad.

Rao, V. K. (2004). Population Education Efficient Printer, New Delhi.

UNESCO,  Pakistan  (2004). Quality  of  education  in  Pakistan, UNESCO Office, Islamabad.

Usmani,  B.  D.  (2004).  Women  Education  in  21st   Century  Annual publication,  New Delhi.


TIME TABLE: Monday 12:30-2:00 PM, Friday 11:00-12:30 PM



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