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Habib, S. Irfan – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2015
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was one of the foremost leaders of the Indian freedom struggle. He was not a run-of-the-mill politician, but an intellectual and thinker who spent several decades writing and speaking on diverse issues, including education. His commitment to the pluralist ethos of the Indian freedom struggle is reflected in his work and…
Descriptors: Indians, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Educational History
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Srinivasan, M. V. – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2015
The evaluation of students' learning has been the central focus in Indian schools for a very long time. Teachers and school administrators in most schools train students from the very beginning to sit for the examinations conducted at the end of Classes X and XII. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (popularly known as RTE) Act,…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Indians, Educational Quality, Educational Legislation
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Sharma, Priyanka – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2015
In the new millennium, the Indian education system has experienced a major shift and the issue of the quality of education has taken centre stage in policy discussion fora. Globally, assessment has become an important means of improving the quality of education, both at the systemic level and at the level of individual students. It necessitates…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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Madan, Amman – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2014
In this commentary, the author discusses the critique by Max Weber and his views on bureaucratisation of education. The modern school, said Max Weber (1864-1920) over a hundred years ago, has as its educational ideal the bureaucrat and no longer the cultivated elite of older times. The shift to modernity and to its characteristic institution, the…
Descriptors: Criticism, Teacher Effectiveness, Power Structure, Educational Administration
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Iyer, Suvasini – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2013
The article presents an ethnographic study conducted in a class in a government-run primary school in Delhi. It was found that a chief concern in the school was that of disciplining children. In the observed class, this took the shape of controlling children's bodies and motor movements. It is argued that through disciplining, teachers were…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Educational Practices, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques