All I have done since the last post is read! In this post, I’ll talk about a few papers and books I’ve read.
This week I’ve read papers assessing the impact of RTE and SSA, and other surveys by NCERT and NUEPA. Papers which I found particularly interesting were Exclusion and Discrimination in Schools: Experiences of Dalit Children by Geetha B. Nambissan and Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt: Diversity, Discrimination and Generosity in Delhi Schools by Gautam Rao. One of the key findings of the paper by Gautam Rao was that presence of children from the economically weaker sections actually made the kids from wealthy families more prosocial.
The countries which I’ll be focusing on are UK, US, Sri Lanka, Brazil, South Korea and Bangladesh. Sadly, in-depth information about policies being adopted by these countries is a little hard to come by. Till now I have been able to gather information about Brazil, South Korea and a little about the UK. Research papers by research teams of various UN organisations have been helpful.
History of education:
If there is anybody who wants to know about the history of education in India then ‘History Of Education In India’ by Syed Nururllah and J. P. Naik is the book to be read. It even has 200 year old enrolment rate figures! The book after giving an introduction to the indigenous education system, talks about the education system under the British Rule.
Unequal Education and the Reproduction of the Social Division of Labour by Samuel Bowles talks about how the education system in the States evolved, and how social class segregation has been intrinsic to the education system.
I’ll elaborate on the primary research structure and the literature I’ve read in the mid-term presentation.
If I were to talk about the challenges which I’ve been facing, then it’ll definitely have to do with International practices. So, if there is anybody who can help me, please drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking for practices which these countries adopt to make their societies more socially inclusive through education.