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 Anurag Behar
September 28, 2016
In over a hundred towns across the seven states that we work, we run teacher learning centres (TLC). These are run-in rooms stocked neatly with books, educational kits and other material that is relevant for teachers. The rooms are clean and well-lit places, nice for groups of teachers to sit and chat. TLCs are run by our teams, in collaboration with local teachers, and that is what makes them work.
By Anurag Behar
September 15, 2016
Another Teachers’ Day has gone by on 5 September. Newspapers and social media have, as every year, reported speeches extolling the virtues of the profession and expressions of gratitude. Some companies have used the occasion to sell their wares, tapping into the warm and fuzzy feeling about teachers that all this evokes. This admiration for the profession is strangely absent the rest of the year.
By S. V. Manjunath
August 24, 2016
This thought-provoking question was put forth by a committee constituted by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi, in its draft report incorporating indicative operational guidelines for strengthening and revitalising Block Resource Centres (BRCs) and Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs), at the sub-district level. That was in June 2011. The question is pertinent even today.
By Anurag Behar
August 18, 2016
There is hardly a country in the world that is not attempting to improve its school education. Countries like Canada and Finland, which already have excellent school systems, are still trying to improve.
By Anurag Behar
August 07, 2016
On a warm summer evening, up in the Kumaon mountains in Pithoragarh, we watched Abbas Kiarostami’s film Where is the Friend’s Home? It was an audience of about 35 people, most of them government schoolteachers.
By Anurag Behar
August 04, 2016
There is a place called Raibidpura. It’s a large village of 5,000 people about 25km from Khargone in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh. Rich in history and economically poor in the present, it’s one of the more disadvantaged parts of the country.

Articles & Opinions

By Pedro Bernala, Nikolas Mittagb, Javaeria A. Qureshic
Labour Economics
April 01, 2016
The recent literature on school quality has shown that the school a child attends has significant effects on achievement. However, the literature relating different school characteristics to student achievement has produced mixed results, particularly when using student-level data. Using data from the ECLS-K and a proxy variable model that addresses the problem of measuring school quality, we show that significant effects of teaching and resource quality can be detected from student-level data.
By Lynn Sheridan
Australian Journal of Teacher Education
March 03, 2016
Pre-service teachers enter teacher education with beliefs about teaching and ideas on pedagogical approaches. This research focuses on monitoring the pedagogical beliefs of a cohort of pre-service teachers’ pre-existing pedagogical beliefs on important/relevant pedagogy for secondary teaching and how these beliefs changed over the course of their degree
By Priyam Sengupta, Kakali Mukhopadhyay
Agricultural and Food Economics
February 25, 2016
The NFSA aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India’s population. The ambitious programme of the Government, besides offering several opportunities, throws many challenges in its implementation.
By Barbara McPake, Giuliano Russo, David Hipgrave, Krishna Horta, James Campbell
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
February 20, 2016
Making progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) requires that health workers are adequate in numbers, prepared for their jobs and motivated to perform.
By Jeanne Luha, Jamie Bartram
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
February 17, 2016
In many countries, the progress being made towards universal access to improved drinking water and sanitation is falling well short of the maximum achievable level. Progress does not appear to be correlated with a country’s social and economic characteristics.
By Marili M. da Silva Vieira, Benedito Guimarães Aguiar Neto
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
February 05, 2016
Teachers in higher education have little pedagogical information to support their practice; therefore, it is essential for universities to promote formal opportunities for teachers to reflect about their practices.


Student Teacher Beliefs on Grammar Instruction

Category: Teacher Professional Development
By Johan Graus, Peter-Arno Coppen
Language Teaching Research
The objective of this study by the authors was to gain insight into the beliefs on grammar teaching of student teachers of English as a foreign language enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes at Dutch universities of applied sciences.

The Relationship Between the Duration of Preschool Education and Primary School Readiness

Category: Education Policy
By Özgül Polat, Ezgi Akşin Yavuz
Childhood Education
This study from Turkey paid particular attention to the effect of the length of time a child spends in preschool attendance on self-concept and school readiness.

Come in with an Open Mind': Changing Attitudes Towards Mathematics in Primary Teacher Education

Category: Teacher Professional Development
By Mairéad Hourigan, Aisling M. Leavy, Claire Carroll
Educational Research
This paper reports on an investigation into student teachers' self-reported attitudes towards mathematics in the context of a mathematics education programme. The programme had been developed by the authors in response to a new, reformed four-year undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) for primary teachers in Ireland.

Quality in Early Education Classrooms: Definitions, Gaps, and Systems

Category: Early Childhood Education
By Robert Pianta, Jason Downer, Bridget Hamre
Future of Children
Parents, professionals, and policymakers agree that quality is crucial for early education. But precise, consistent, and valid definitions of quality have been elusive. In this article, the authors tackle the questions of how to define quality, how to measure it, and how to ensure that more children experience it.

The Early Care and Education Workforce

Category: Early Childhood Education
By Deborah Phillips, Lea J. E. Austin, Marcy Whitebook
Future of Children
In this article, the authors examine educational preparation, compensation, and professional development among the early childhood workforce. Their central theme is that these features look very different for preschool teachers than they do for the elementary school teaching workforce.

The Economic Returns to Early Childhood Education

Category: Early Childhood Education
By Lynn A. Karoly
Future of Children
In this article, Lynn Karoly carefully reviews the evidence. First, she identifies the biggest challenges in measuring the economic returns from preschool programs. Then she summarizes the range of estimates from various benefit-cost analyses and some of the methodological differences that can account for the differences among them.