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Chapter 8: Empowering Pedagogy: Potentials and Limitations
In this chapter, I share my experiences of a literacy programme, Jan Shikshan Abhiyan (JSA, hereafter), which was carried out in 25 villages of Bankhedi block of Hoshangabad district (Madhya Pradesh) in the late 1980s. Though the classes at each centre were primarily meant for children who had no access to formal education, a few adults also attended the night classes. Involvement of adults was very heartening as they contributed actively in running the centres in a variety of ways.
By and large, literacy work adheres to the behaviourist paradigm of learning that requires drilling and rote memorization as opposed to engaging process of meaning construction. Indifference to the research findings of the past many decades, in ...