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Early Childhood Education and School Readiness in India

Quality and Diversity

Editors: Kaul, Venita, Bhattacharjea, Suman (Eds.)

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  • Follows a multi strand, mixed methods design on a large and rural sample over 5 years, making it unique in India
  • Is a single most important source of comprehensive  field-based evidence and information on ECCE in India, to date 
  • Provides empirical evidence on the direct link between participation and quality of early childhood experiences, levels of school readiness at school entry, and impact on learning levels
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This volume makes a comprehensive assessment of the status and quality of early educational experiences at preschool and early primary grades in India. It raises a serious concern that despite high enrolment in preschools, children’s school readiness levels remain low at ages five and six, and raises a vital question---are Indian children getting a sound foundation for school and for later life? It addresses three important issues from the Indian perspective: children's school readiness at age five; families' readiness for school; and, most importantly, the readiness of schools for children. 

India is one of many countries across the global South facing an early learning crisis. High quality early childhood education may be key to improving these outcomes for children, yet little is known about early childhood education programs in India and their impact on children’s school readiness. This volume is based on a longitudinal, mixed methods research study which is perhaps the first of its kind in India. The study covers public provisions along with steadily expanding private pre-schools and schools in rural India and provides interesting narratives and insights into the multiple pathways children are adopting in these critical early years, particularly in the context of the expanding role of the private sector. Written in a lucid and narrative style, this volume is of interest to a diverse readership of researchers, educationists and early childhood education policy makers and practitioners in terms of both its design and findings. 

About the authors

Venita Kaul, PhD, is Professor Emerita Education and Executive Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), at Ambedkar University Delhi. Prior to this assignment, Professor Kaul was a Senior Education Specialist at The World Bank for over ten years. During her tenure she led several education projects in the South Asian Region. Earlier, Professor Kaul served at the National Council of Educational Research and Training for over 20 years as Professor of Preschool and Elementary Education. She has been a member of several Committees of the Indian government in an advisory capacity, including on the National Advisory Committee constituted by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to advise on the implementation of Right to Education (2010); Working Group constituted by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD)  to advise on Development of National Policy on ECCE (2010); and a member of the  Committee constituted by MHRD to oversee functioning of National Council of Teacher Education which is a statutory body of the government to regulate teacher education in the country. At the international level, she has been a Member of the Steering Group of Asia Pacific Regional Network for ECD and is an invited member of the Forum for Investing in the Young Child.  She has also been also on the boards of a number of well-known NGOs working in the area of education. Professor Kaul has several national and international publications in the area of early childhood education, child development and primary education to her credit.


Suman Bhattacharjea, EdD, is Director, Research at ASER Centre, New Delhi. ASER Centre is the research and assessment unit of Pratham, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the field of education in the country. Dr Bhattacharjea has led or participated in several major studies examining different aspects of the education system in India with particular emphasis on generating actionable evidence with respect to children’s learning outcomes at the pre-primary, primary, and secondary stage. She has also been closely involved with efforts to convert research findings into capacity building modules for non-academic audiences. Dr Bhattacharjea holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, and master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has worked as a software developer, a high school teacher, an education specialist, and a researcher. She has extensive experience in the fields of education, gender, and women’s rights, and has worked with government, private, non-government and international organizations in several countries, including India, the United States, Pakistan and Mexico. She has taught courses on research design, gender and education.  

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Positioning School Readiness and Early Childhood Education in the Indian Context

    Pages 3-18

    Kaul, Venita

  • Research in India on Early Childhood Education and School Readiness: Some Learnings

    Pages 19-32

    Kaul, Venita

  • Till What Age Is “Age” Relevant? Examining the Effect of Age on Early Learning

    Pages 35-62

    Banerji, Manjistha (et al.)

  • Positioning Psycho-social Development Within the Construct of School Readiness: Challenges and Opportunities

    Pages 63-81

    Dogra, Meenakshi (et al.)

  • Does Participation in Preschool Help Children’s Early Grade Learning?

    Pages 83-106

    Wadhwa, Wilima (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Childhood Education and School Readiness in India
Book Subtitle
Quality and Diversity
Editors
  • Venita Kaul
  • Suman Bhattacharjea
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7006-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7006-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7005-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-7008-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 250
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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