Going to School in South Asia
by Amita Gupta
February 2007, 224pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33553-2
$64, £48, 54€, A92
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This chronological review of education examines eight South Asian countries, including special day in the life and timeline features, and a description of their current educational systems.

Afghanistan is one of many South Asian countries appearing in daily headlines, as it attempts to rebuild its society, including its educational system, after decades of war. Sri Lanka, devastated by the tsunami of 2004, and parts of Pakistan and Northern India, coping with the aftereffects of a major earthquake, are also also struggling for teachers, classrooms, supplies, and a sense of normalcy for their students. This volume, part of the Schooling Around the World series, provides readers with a history and survey of education in eight of the region’s countries. It examines the Primary, Secondary, and Postsecondary levels of education, identifying the types of education available (public, private, tutoring, etc), any race, gender or social class issues that impact education, and major reforms taking place. Readers will find discussions of curriculum and teaching methods most helpful, as well as a special day in the life feature, which gives a personal look at what it’s like for students attending school in that country today.


"Gupta presents one of a series of nine volumes intended to provide undergraduate students (and perhaps advanced high school students) with an understanding of the similarities and differences among educational systems throughout the world from a historical perspective. Offering individual chapters on schooling in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the volume focuses on such issues as the relation of schooling curricula and teaching practices to national culture; religion; identity; social, political, and economic structures, and economic development."—Reference & Research Book News, May 1, 2007

"Ultimately, these books should find useful homes in high school and college libraries; as components of international and comparative education courses (at the undergraduate and even graduate levels); as a reference for instructors of introductory-level Asian survey courses; and as additions to personal libraries of academicians who wish to understand better the diverse means, modes, and mechanisms of education across the countries and territories of East, South, and Southeast Asia." Reviews with Going to School in East AsiaSoutheast Review of Asian Studies, May 28, 2010
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