Social science textbooks: changing mindsets?

Mehrotra, Deepti Priya (2019) Social science textbooks: changing mindsets? Learning Curve (3). pp. 19-23.

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Social science textbooks created within the NCF- 2005 attempt to tackle a whole range of human prejudices, hoping to bring about a sea change in mindsets. They are designed to inculcate respect for diversity, democratic values, critical thinking and questioning. As is widely acknowledged, these textbooks are framed within a progressive educational, social and political understanding (Ritubala and Joshi, 2008-09: 29-42). The matter in these textbooks is engaging, varied and playful: the wall between the world and the school has been broken and the child can bring her rich experience of the world into the classroom (Rai, 2006: 152-57). But we must remember at the same time that the textbook is no magic wand, nor really a vehicle for transformative education. In fact there are many hazards on the textbook’s journey, as it moves through the classroom, and the world of the child.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Mehrotra, Deepti Priya
Mehrotra, Deepti
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary Education, Textbooks, Teaching-Learning Materials
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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