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Small NGO Schools in India: Implications for Access and Innovation

Blum, Nicole (2009) Small NGO Schools in India: Implications for Access and Innovation. Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, 39 (2). pp. 235-248. ISSN 0305-7925

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Abstract

In addition to the proliferation of private, fee-paying schools in India, NGOs play an important role in providing educational services, especially in un-served and under-served communities. This paper uses qualitative research to critically examine the nature and potential of NGO provision of primary schooling in India. In particular, it explores the contributions of one NGO programme which has sought to increase access for socially and economically marginalised children by establishing and providing support for small, rural, multigrade schools. The paper argues that NGO programmes like these have had positive impacts in terms of both access and quality because, firstly, the programmes are small-scale and locally-rooted, and secondly, their organisation allows for greater flexibility and room for innovation in areas such as curriculum design, teacher education, and school networking than is commonly possible within government schools.

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Additional Information: This article is based on qualitative research (2007) which explored the nature and potential of NGO provision of primary schooling in India. It focuses on the work of one internationally-recognised NGO programme which has sought to increase access for socially and economically marginalised children by establishing and providing support for small, rural, multigrade schools. The article argues that NGO programmes like it have had positive impacts in terms of both access and quality because they are small-scale and locally-rooted, and because their organisation allows for greater flexibility and room for innovation than is commonly possible within government schools. The article and work have been well-received by research partners in the UK and India, and the journal is well-respected within the area of comparative/ international education research. This is an electronic version of an article published in Blum, Nicole (2009) Small NGO Schools in India: Implications for Access and Innovation. Compare, 39 (2). pp. 235-248. Compare is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/03057920902750491
Controlled Keywords: Curriculum organisation , School design , Primary school , India
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2009 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 14:58
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