This book examines the policy shifts over the past three decades in the Indian education system. It explores how these shifts have unequivocally established the domination of neoliberal capital in the context of elementary education in India.
The chapters in the volume:
• Discuss a range of elementary education policies and programs in India with a focus on the policy development in recent decades of neoliberalism.
• Analyse policy from diverse perspectives and varied vantage points by scholars, activists, and practitioners, illustrated with contemporary statistics.
• Introduce the key curriculum, assessment, and learning debates from contemporary educational discourse.
• Integrate the tools and methods of education policy analysis with basic concepts in education, like equality, quantity, equity, quality, and inclusion.
A definitive inter-disciplinary work on a key sector in India, this volume will be essential for scholars and researchers of education, public policy, sociology, politics, and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: The Neoliberal Restructuring of Education 1. Understanding Neoliberal Policy Shifts in Elementary Education in India 2. Governance, Quality, and Accountability 3. Extending the Neoliberal Agenda to a Forbidden Territory: Public-Private Partnership in School Education in India 4. Education Policies in Conflict with the Freedom Movement’s Educational Vision 5. Public Education: Can it be fixed? Part II: Schooling, Social Justice, and Critical Pedagogy 6. A Strategy for Exclusion: Neoliberal Policy in Education 7. Consensualised Reproduction and Fasciation of Society: Critical Pedagogy in Times of Despair 8. Sanskara, Notion of Hereditary Educability and Teachers Belief 9. 'Men Can’t Teach Young Children’: Gender –Labor Conundrums in the Neoliberal Era Part III: Understanding Knowledge and Curriculum 10. Education: for ‘Citizenship’ or ‘Resource Development’? 11. Bin Bhay Hoye Na Preet: Resilience of Fear-Based Examination-Detention Policy in Indian Education System 12. Modernization, Globalization and Education in India Part IV: Transnational Perspective on Neoliberalism and Education 13. The Reactionary Right and its Carnival of Reaction: Global Neoliberalism, Reactionary Neo-conservatism: Marxist Critique, Education Analysis, and Policy 14. The Agonies of Neoliberal Education: What hope progress? 15. Times of Educational Change: Towards an Understanding of Patterns of Historical and Cultural Refraction
Jyoti Raina is Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education, Gargi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. Her main teaching focus is educational studies, learning theory, and science education. She also looks after the work of equal opportunity, Gandhi studies, and anti-discrimination at the college.