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The Construction of the Nation

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/9780198062752.003.0005
The Construction of the Nation

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The heart of English education today lies not in an impetus for language acquisition but in the construction of the model citizen. While previous chapters explored the driving nationalist imperative of this ideology and dealt with the conflicting social dynamic in which the English curriculum is constructed and its implications for curricular transformation, this chapter explores how these are shaped within the textbook. Three sets of textbooks are examined: first, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books across the decades, to trace shifts from the books of the 1970s to the 1990s to the limited number of books published in 2006; second, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) from Uttar Pradesh, a state which has had an uneasy relationship with English; and third, the SCERT books from Kerala, a state which embraced English language early in its history.

Keywords: English textbooks; national education policy; National Council of Educational Research and Training; State Council of Educational Research and Training; English language; national identity

Chapter.  8017 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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