One of the objectives of RRCEE is to envision the professional development of teachers who value the world of the child and who understand the role that children’s identities play in the educational process; who view learning as a search for meaning and knowledge generation as a continuously evolving process. In order to make such engagement possible, ‘structural spaces’ within pre-service and in-service teacher education programmes need to be created. However, present programmes in teacher education are far away from such a vision. In such a situation, attempts at reviewing teacher education programmes to respond to the changing contexts and emerging knowledge in education become imperative.
RRCEE has been providing academic support to the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) based in Delhi, DIETs of Chattisgarh, and Ekalavya in the exercise of Teacher Education Curriculum Renewal. The various people involved with the Centre including the staff, teacher fellows, teacher educators associated with RRCEE have been pivotal in extending academic support towards the renewal of various teacher education programmes. The Centre also functions as a physical space for meetings, deliberations and workshops. This collaboration has been pivotal in realising the vision of creating a space within a higher education institution that functions at the confluence of theory and practice, working towards meaningful implications within elementary education. The drafting of the model syllabi for the DEd programme adopted by the National Council for Teacher Education (2011) has been one such instance where RRCEE has played an active role.