Member publications consists of articles and papers contributed by members of the Foundation to leading newspapers, magazines, and journals. Articles & Opinions and Bibliography comprise a repository of academic articles on education and other allied domains such as health, livelihoods and sustainability.

Member Publications

By Dileep Ranjekar
The Times of India
January 09, 2015
It was in 2009, while being a part of an Education Think Tank conference organized by a premier educational in stitution in the US where I realized that barring a hand ful of nations such as Fin land and Sweden, the world at large is struggling with the issue of how to achieve quality in school education. There were representatives from about 70 countries and most were lamenting about the poor quality of education in their countries. Despite massive campaigns such as `No Child Left Behind' led by President Obama and other private initiatives such as Teach for America, the quality of school education is a struggle even in a developed nation like the US.
By Dileep Ranjekar
Civil Society
January 08, 2015
Sometime in 2007 I was invited to facilitate a session with a group of about 35 high-quality faculty members in one of the Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE). The topic was “Evolving a Framework for Faculty Development”. The discussion began with “what is your concept of education” and soon I found that people had extremely diverse views on what constitutes “good-quality education”. It was important to create a shared understanding on this before we discussed how we wanted to develop ourselves to contribute to good-quality education.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
December 24, 2014
In the past few months, statements about Indian history have been made, which have generated much controversy. Here is the gist of some of these statements, all of which invoke specific episodes from some of our ancient texts, to demonstrate that India was technologically and scientifically, a very advanced civilization a very long time ago.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
December 10, 2014
He finished by saying “thank you for listening to me, for so long and so patiently”. His name is Lal Saheb. For my sake he was speaking in Hindi, but would mix in Kannada words with ease, where he didn’t know the Hindi one. The top of his shorts were tied in a knot to hold them, like only a 12-year-old can, who doesn’t have many shorts.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
November 26, 2014
Many conversations where people want to know what we do go like this: “So you train government school teachers?” and I say, “We don’t train.” That leaves them puzzled: “If you are trying to help improve how teachers teach, what else do you do but train?” I often sidestep the real issue by asking them about their experience with training, which in almost all cases is unsatisfactory.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
November 12, 2014
When I started visiting Sweden and Finland, I learnt very quickly that the Finns don’t take very kindly to their country being called a Scandinavian country, which is a mistake outsiders often make. Finland is a Nordic country. The Nordic (meaning northern) identity is primarily geographical, including Finland, Iceland and Greenland, in addition to the Scandinavian countries. Scandinavia is a cultural-linguistic region, with substantially Germanic roots. It includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Articles & Opinions

By K Ventakramanan
The Hindu
December 12, 2011
Some children are showing a disturbing insensitivity to social issues, says a WIPRO-EI study.
By Amit kaushil, Vimala Ramachandran
Seminar
November 01, 2011
More than sixty years after independence, the question of how we educate our children still remains highly contentious.
By Kwi-Ok Nah, Jung-in Kwalc
Asian Social Science
January 06, 2011
This study investigated child-assessment practices in the context of Korean early childhood education and care settings, interviews with educators and documents obtained from educational and care settings were analyzed.
By Kaspar Burger
Early Childhood Research Quarterly
May 02, 2010
A number of authors have investigated the impact of early childhood education and care programs on the development of children. Often they have focused on the effects on children from socio-economically disadvantaged families. To assess the effects of various preschool programs on cognitive development, recent key studies were reviewed.

Bibliography

Participatory Learning and Popular Education Strategies for Water Education

Category: Sustainable Development
By Bruce Missingham
Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education
March-2013
This paper presents some experiences of bringing critical pedagogy and participatory learning approaches into postgraduate university classrooms in teaching about water and sustainable development.

The Future of Teacher Education

Category: Teacher Education
By Alis Oancea, Janet Orchard
Journal of Philosophy of Education
November-2012
Conceptions of teaching quality and teacher accountability, and the values and assumptions that underpin them, are relatively under-examined by policy makers.

Neoliberalism, Transnational Education Norms, and Education Spending in the Developing World, 1983–2004

Category: Education Policy
By Minzee Kim, Elizabeth Heger Boyle
Law & Social Inquiry
March-2012
Using the case of education, the paper consider how global cultural and economic forces affect national education spending policies. The analysis includes both an historical analysis of the construction and transformation of ideas about education at the global level and a statistical assessment of the implementation of conflicting approaches to state education funding within countries.

The Role of Pre-School Education on Learning Achievement at Primary Level in Bangladesh

Category: Early Childhood Education
By Samir Ranjan Nath
International Journal of Early Years Education
March-2012
This paper examines the impact of pre-school education on learning achievement at primary level in Bangladesh.

Is there a Gender Bias in Participation in Early Childhood Education Programs in Developing Countries? Role of Mother's Education

Category: Early Childhood Education
By Sharmistha Self, Richard Grabowski
Journal of International Development
October-2011
Gender bias in education is a commonly noted characteristic in developing countries. Most of the research work focuses on primary, secondary and tertiary education. The focus of this paper is on whether or not such gender bias also appears in early childhood education programs.

School Readiness in the Context of the Problem of Preschool and Primary School Education Continuity

Category: Education Policy
By N. I. Gootkina
Psychological Science & Education
September-2010
The article is devoted to the problem of preschool and primary school education continuity.