9780761996712

Constructing School Knowledge : An Ethnography of Learning in an Indian Village

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    9780761996712

  • ISBN10:

    0761996710

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-19
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Summary

'Constructing School Knowledge is a challenging and thought-provoking read. The book offes an in-depth analysis of children's experiences and preception of their own learning at a Government Primary School in India.... [It] will be of particular interest to anyone involved in Primary Education in both "developing countires" and the UK. I feel that any work that brings a "different perspective" and helps to challenge our traditional assumptions on educational issues is to strongly welcomed' - Educational Review 'The book is overwhelming based upon field experience.... Sarangapani does a splendid job, and her work is certainly enriched with the help of diagrams, tables, maps and photographs' - Progress in Development Studies Using the tools of an anthropologist, Padma Sarangapani explores the process and meaning of rural schooling as constituted by the teachers and children themselves. It is based on a detailed ethnographic study of a village school and draws upon philosophy, epistemology, cognitive psychology, popular folklorist texts and the sociology of education for its interpretive frameworks.

Author Biography

Padma M. Sarangapani is an independent researcher based in Bangalore

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
8(1)
Acknowledgements 9(2)
Introduction
11(7)
Kasimpur: Constructing the Ethos
18(21)
Going to School
39(33)
The End of Childhood
72(29)
The Teacher and the Taught
101(23)
Teaching and Learning: The Regulation of Knowledge
124(40)
On Memorisation and Learning
164(18)
Children's Epistemology 1: Children as Knowers
182(36)
Children's Epistemology 2: School and Everyday Knowledge
218(21)
Conclusion
239(26)
Appendix A: A Note on the Theoretical Framework 265(6)
Appendix B: On Fieldwork 271(18)
Glossary 289(6)
Bibliography 295(7)
Index 302(7)
About the Author 309

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