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.
April 01, 2015
In 2003, my colleague, MN Baig, and I were visiting schools that were part of the Accelerated Learning Program of the Azim Premji Foundation. In a school in Gulbarga (now Kalburgi) district, I asked the headmistress, pointing to a teacher...
March 19, 2015
There is this myth about government school teachers in India that most are usually absent from schools. The reality is different. The Annual Status of Education Report 2014 estimates teacher absence at 15%, but that includes those on...
March 09, 2015
The last two decades have seen unprecedented growth in businesses such as Information Technology, Knowledge and Hospitality in India and across the globe.
March 08, 2015
About two years ago, in a relatively remote town in Maharashtra, while addressing some 250 college students, I asked them, “how many of you are proud of being Indian?” Many hands went up. A small group of students did not raise their...
March 04, 2015
The smell of February in Bhopal is unchanged from 35 years ago. The wind blows the tiny, drying, yellow leaves of amaltas, to shower down as they did then, sticking in my hair. The many houses I grew up in, and those of my friends, they...
February 18, 2015
School choice has been one of the most controversial issues in education. Why should something which is so self-evidently desirable, that parents should have choice of which and what kind of school their children go to, be so controversial...
Articles & Opinions
Ideas For India
November 19, 2015
In this article, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, suggests 10 initiatives that can help transform the quality of education in India.
November 01, 2015
Do teachers need to have all the right answers? Being a learner ‘again’ might be the biggest blessing.
October 30, 2015
In Rajasthan, the abysmal state of school education has forced pupils, particularly girls, to come out in protest against the shortage of teachers and lack of infrastructure.
August 29, 2015
If there are not enough women teachers, in conservative and low literacy areas, parents will not send girls out to study
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation (PARE)
August 01, 2015
In this commentary, authors (all of whom are former public school teachers) argue that rubric-based teacher observational systems, developed to assess the extent to which teachers adapt and follow sets of rubric-based rules, might actually...
August 01, 2015
Perhaphs it is time we acknowledge that as a society we are no longer troubled by an unequal education system.
The Day-to-Day Work of Primary School Teachers: A Source of Professional Learning
Professional Development in Education
This article reports on a research project involving six primary school teachers who participated in one-on-one and small group interviews to explore the opportunities for professional learning bound up in their daily work in classrooms.
Category: Teacher Professional Development
Academisation, School Collaboration and the Primary School Sector in England: A Story of Six School Leaders
School Leadership & Management
This paper presents data from a study of five English primary schools. It examines some of the challenges associated with school autonomy and collaboration for state primary schools amid the uncertainty and complexity of governance in the...
Category: Educational Administration
Arithmetic, reading and writing performance has a strong genetic component: A study in primary school children
Even children attending the same primary school and taught by the same teacher differ greatly in their performance. In the Netherlands, performance at the end of primary school determines the enrollment in a particular level of secondary...
Social Sciences in India: Premises and Promises of Capability Approach
Social sciences in India are known for systemic lacunae. As this is in sharp contrast with the mainstream debates in knowledge society, the present article takes a retrospective look to analyze the premises and promises of capability...
Category: Social Development
The Impact of Leadership on Student Outcomes: How Successful School Leaders Use Transformational and Instructional Strategies to ...
Educational Administration Quarterly
This article illustrates how successful leaders combine the too often dichotomized practices of transformational and instructional leadership in different ways across different phases of their schools’ development in order to progressively...
Category: Educational Leadership
A mission to educate India's most vulnerable children
TES: Times Educational Supplement
The article focuses on Robin Chaurasiya, founder of a secondary school in Mumbai, India that teaches daughters of sex workers and survivors of trafficking and have faced rape, abuse, and violence.
Category: Social Inclusion