IIMA - Course Catalogue
Education: Theory, Policy and Practice
Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation
Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand
Course Description & Objectives
This course presents an introductory overview of contemporary issues in Indian education. Educational policy-making in independent India has been driven by a variety of values, including equity and faith in education as an instrument to reduce social inequalities. The efforts of the Centre and the states, which have been guided by the recommendations of various education commissions and committees, have resulted in significant improvements in educational performance—both at the school and higher, especially technical education, levels. Yet, the goal of education for all, quality of educational outcomes, and regulation of certain sectors of education, remain problematic. The last few decades have added a new dimension to the context of educational policy and performance, with liberalization and globalization significantly influencing educational directions. Against this backdrop, this course provides a broad perspective on the issues confronting education today. The specific objectives of the course are:
1. To develop an understanding of the nature of educational policy making.
2. To develop an understanding of some of the key issues in education.
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