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Social Science Learning in Schools
Perspective and Challenges

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Poonam Batra - Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, India


March 2010 | 364 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Social Science Learning in Schools: Perspective and Challenges locates the teaching and learning of social science within the larger perspective and aims of education. It emphasizes the need to take the teaching of social science beyond the confines of contemporary ideological debates, into the realm of pedagogical theory. It presents critical perspectives on curriculum design, textbook development and social science pedagogy.

Discussions on pedagogy are situated in analyses of Eklayva's social science textbooks which were in use for over 15 years in government schools in Madhya Pradesh. The book explores the integral role of the teacher, importance of textbooks, and methods of social science enquiry in school teaching-learning. It interrogates integrated approaches to social science education, and notions of nationalism and identity.

The book will serve as a seminal social science text for Indian elementary teacher education programmes. University departments of education, research institutions, NGOs and development organisations working in education, literacy and child development will find it an invaluable elementary education resource.

Romila Thapar
Foreword
 
Preface
 
PART ONE: SOCIAL SCIENCES IN SCHOOL CURRICULA AND THE EKLAVYA STORY
Poonam Batra
Introduction
The Eklavya Team
Reconstructing the Curricular Development Process: the Insider's Narrative
 
PART TWO: SUBJECT AND PEDAGOGIC PERSPECTIVES: A CRITICAL REVIEW
Amman Madan
Civics Curriculum and Textbooks
Yemuna Sunny and Kamala Menon
Geography Curriculum and Textbooks
Tripta Wahi
History Curriculum and Textbooks
Poonam Batra and Disha Nawani
Social Science Texts: A Pedagogic Perspective
 
PART THREE: TEXTS, CLASSROOMS AND THE LEARNER
The Eklavya Team
Dynamics of Knowledge and Praxis: A View From the field
Poonam Batra
Conclusion
The Eklavya Team
Epilogue
 
Glossary
 
Index

The essays in this book bring to us in brief the experiences of the Eklavya team in developing a curriculum and the reception of the resulting texts by students and teachers. This is accompanied by an evaluation of the textbooks-chapter-wise-by experts in political science, geography and history… The books on the whole sensitise children to the diversity of life, conflicts and contradictions therein.

The Tribune

The exhaustive process that went into the making of textbooks in social sciences (studies) for Classes 6, 7 and 8 is documented minutely in this book-meticulously and threadbare… The unique contribution of this documentation is that it provides a guide and a perspective to those who are interested in what is transacted in the schools… the perspectives and insights that the book offers will definitely help the analyst or the student interested in examining curriculum and textbooks.

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