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Quality and Inclusion in Education
The Persisting Challenges

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ISBN 9781032345673
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
264 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book calls for an equitable and qualitative access to education for all. It proposes paradigms of educational governance that are based on coalition building between key stakeholders, are grounded in local and cultural contexts, sensitive to the language needs of communities. It underlines the significance of gender sensitive and inclusive approaches that ensure equity for marginalized children and minorities.

Based on research-based studies, the volume focuses on equity, quality, and learning — covering a broad spectrum, from school to higher, to adult education. It discusses the multiple learner deprivations amongst the marginalized communities and the severe impact of events such as pandemics that exacerbate learner inequities and the recent developments in India under the National Education Policy 2020.  It also presents research-based country experiences in the Asian (India, Bangladesh, China) and African (Ghana, South Africa) contexts, showing how external influences on the changing priorities in policy perspectives cut across developing countries.

Compiled in honour of Professor R. Govinda, this volume of insightful articles will be of interest to students and researchers of educational policy and studies, sociology of education, equity and human rights. It will also be useful for decision makers and think tanks.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Deconstructing Inclusion, Quality and Learning

1. Quality, Inclusion and Equality in Education – The Elusive Triad Revisited

Manzoor Ahmed

2. How do Students Perform at school-level? A Cross Sectional Analysis at National level

Yagnamurthy Sreekanth

3. Adolescent Children- Angst to Complete Secondary School Education: A Perspective

Shanta Sinha

4. Adult Learning and Education in and post-Covid-19 Times

Anita Dighe

5. The Significance of Medium of Instruction in the Schooling of Disadvantaged Muslims

John Kurrien

Section 2: Addressing Equity Issues across the Education Spectrum

6. Mapping Gender in School Education at Primary Level in India

Madhumita Bandyopadhyay

7. Equity in Access and Learning: A Way Forward for Secondary Education in India

Keith M Lewin, Shashiranjan Jha, Gaurav Siddhu, Joanna Härmä 

8. Equity in Higher Education and Education for All: Critical Considerations

Shireen Motala

Section 3: School Management for Quality Inclusive Education

9. Persisting Challenge of Contract Teachers in Government Schools of India

Vimala Ramachandran

10. Principal's Leadership Role in Mapping Synergies for School Improvement: Reflections from Policies and Researches

Rashmi Diwan

11. Towards a Framework for Effective School Management: Diverse Partnerships for Quality Inclusive Education

Sheldon Shaeffer

Section 4: Influences on Policy and Insights into Educational Reform

12. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad: Planning a National Education System in the 1950s.

S. Irfan Habib

13. The The Drivers and Inhibitors of EFA - Policy Change and Implementation in Ghana and India

Angela W. Little

14. Privatisation and Commercialisation of Higher Education: The Caste and Politics Nexus in State Policies

A. Mathew

15. Rethinking the Undergraduate Degree: Insights from Educational Reform Experience in India

Manasi Thapliyal Navani

16. Looking at Education through a Binary Lens: Challenges and Alternatives

Disha Nawani

Section 5: Cultural Imperatives in Educational Research

17. Cultural Dilemma and How it Affects Education: A Personal Journey

Kai-ming Cheng

Section 6: Epilogue

A Window onto Prof. Govinda’s Tryst with Education

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N.V. Varghese is Vice Chancellor of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. He is the Chief Editor of the Journal for Educational Planning and Administration. He has directed several national and international research projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and CIS region. He has published major works in educational planning, financing and higher education.

Anjana Mangalagiri is an educationist and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. She served as UNICEF's Chief of Education in several countries and is the Country Representative of the online network on the South Asia Forum of Early Childhood Development Professionals. She has worked extensively in the areas of children’s rights, educational policy and planning at national and international levels, and a strong advocate of equity, cross-sectoral and gender sensitive approaches in education and development.

A. Mathew is in-charge of the Digital Archives of Education Documents, NIEPA. He was a National Fellow, NIEPA and an ICSSR Senior Fellow. He is actively engaged in the field of educational research, writings and publications for over four decades, on elementary education, Education for All, Adult and Non-formal Education, educational developments in historical perspectives and the study of state policies in Higher Education in southern states and Maharashtra.