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Teaching and Learning
Author: Prema Clarke

ISBN: 9780761995234
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 16 April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.91
Description:
This book is about teaching in schools in India, it is about the schoolteacher in the Indian classroom. While the influence of culture on pedagogy is generally assumed, the way in which culture constructs a teacher's thoughts and actions is rarely examined. Using cultural models developed in the fields of cultural psychology and social anthropology as a framework for analysis, this book explicates the culture of pedagogy evident in classrooms.

Based on a qualitative analysis of classrooms in Bangalore, the author captures both the explicit and implicit cultural models of teacher thinking and teaching. Explicit models deal with teachers' goals for learning, their communication of knowledge to the classroom, and their verbal and non-verbal interaction with students. Implicit models interpret taken-for-granted models that include a teacher's relationship to textbook content, their attitude toward knowledge, and the rules that govern the teacher's interaction with students. These explicit and implicit models, the author argues, are embedded in four powerful cultural constructs: holism as a shared worldview that encourages openness to regulation; a hierarchical struct...

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