Of educational rights and teaching challenges: to include and how to include

Vyas, Siddhi (2014) Of educational rights and teaching challenges: to include and how to include. Learning Curve (23). pp. 80-83.

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Effecting inclusion involves an attitude of acceptance. The diversity of faiths, customs, languages, and ethnicities in India places us in professional, social, personal situations where we are presented with opportunities to practice inclusion-- and for acceptance of the differences. In many ways then we have been practicing aspects of inclusion-exclusion in our routines of work, social and personal practices. Given the diversities within our context inclusion as a concept is thus not new to Indian society or to its ancient and/or traditional practices. To note a few examples, the state and society’s responsibilities towards those in the community unable to care for themselves was outlined by Kautilya (c.320 BC) in his presentation on Formation of Villages, Duties of Government Superintendents (Shamasastry, 1956). Records also indicate the socially inclusive approaches to education observed through madarsah education during the reign (1556-1605) of Akbar (Choudhary, 2008). In a related example a beloved historical collection of fables and morals, Panchatantra, provides an illustration of attending to differences and adapting teaching to learning needs. A pre-colonial, possibly the first known text on pedagogy, Panchatantra relied on dialogue and connecting learning goals to examples from the animal kingdom; it was inspired out of the need to teach ‘ discourteous ’ princes (Shastri, 1967, p.2) who were ‘ unteachable ’ and ‘ hostile ’ to education ’ (Ryder, 1949 p.12).

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Vyas, Siddhi
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/978
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