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Introduction

SHALINI ADVANI

in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062752.003.0001
Introduction

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The introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine English studies in the school curriculum in India, and use this as a lens to explore the shifts in the construction of nationalism, modernity, and identity in independent India. The first section of the book deals with the national educational policy in general and the English language policy in particular, tracing through them the development of a specific ideology of postcoloniality in India. The second section examines State-produced school textbooks, identifying the ways in which the English curriculum both reflects and constructs identity in particular ways, and examining in the process the differences between contemporary textbooks and the early State-produced books of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The third and final section enters the black box of classroom practice in schools which use these textbooks to consider the ways in which ideology shapes pedagogic practice.

Keywords: English studies; English curriculum; language policy; national identity; school textbooks; educational policy; pedagogic practice

Chapter.  3254 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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