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Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World draws attention to ethnocentrism in educational research and practice. Whether it is educational theory, research or educational practices, most of the discourse is strongly marked by one single model, Western, so-called “modern” schooling. Scientific knowledge about education is typically seen as Western, and non-Western contexts are made subject to Western paradigms of inquiry.
This book counters this Western ethnocentrism and suggests some means to fight it. The Western perspective stems from a minority and it does not represent the majority of the world population that is situated outside of Europe and North-America. For millennia, various forms of educational theory and practices have been developed all over the world, and these are still in existence even though they may be ignored and despised by mainstream educational science. What does this wealth of educational forms have to offer in terms of innovative ideas? Could some of these be used to improve the quality and the appropriateness of modern schooling everywhere in the world?
The book contains contributions by authors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. Several of them usually write in French or in Spanish, which will permit access to theories and research not always covered in English.
Chapter 6: Education of Tribal Children in India
Education of Tribal Children in India
This paper describes some major challenges confronting the education of tribal children in India. The tribal context of India is briefly described. Cultural and psychological characteristics of tribal children are examined with a view to analyze how these can be used in meeting the challenges of education. Major issues related to the education of tribal children are described in some detail. The strategies adopted by the federal and state governments are discussed and critically evaluated. It is argued that the problems related to tribal children's education are very different from those of other cultural groups of the Indian society. For effective participation of tribal children in education, a culturally sensitive, ecologically valid and ...