Meenakshi Thapan

in Life at School

Second edition

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679649
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081837 | DOI:

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This book is an ethnographic study of the Rishi Valley School, a public school in Andhra Pradesh, which is run by the Krishnamurti Foundation (India). In India, public schools are considered private schools because they are managed by private bodies and trusts. Rishi Valley, founded by the renowned philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, is a private unaided school since it is managed by a private trust and is not supported by any government or local body (at least in 1981). This book examines the interaction between ideas and institutions, that is, the relationship between ‘ideology’ and education, the ‘culture’ of the school in terms of certain rituals and ceremonies that characterize the daily and yearly round of activities, the roles and relationships of teachers and pupils, teacher-teacher interaction, pupil culture, teacher-pupil interaction, and ideology in relation to the educational process.

Keywords: Rishi Valley School; public schools; Jiddu Krishnamurti; Rishi valley teachers; pupils; ideology; progressive education; pupil culture; ideas and institutions; teacher-pupil interaction

Chapter.  2797 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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