Pedagogies for development: The politics and practice of child-centred education in India

Arathi Sriprakash*

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Pedagogies for Development takes a sociological approach to examine the introduction of child-centred education in contemporary Indian policy and school contexts. It investigates the promise of democratic learning in development discourses to ask how far child-centred models can address poverty and social inequalities in rural Indian communities. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic research conducted in the south Indian state of Karnataka, the book offers a multi-level analysis of international, national and state education practices of pedagogic reform. The book contributes to pressing debates about how ‘quality’ education should be conceptualised and assessed in development contexts, and brings into focus the assumptions which associate schooling to social justice.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages199
ISBN (Electronic)9789400726697
ISBN (Print)9789400726680
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Child-centred Education
  • Democratic Learning
  • Education Development
  • Education Policy
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Pedagogic Reform
  • Pedagogies for Development
  • Quality Education
  • Social Inequalities
  • Sociology of Pedagogy


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