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Life at School: An Ethnographic Study

Meenakshi Thapan


This book reconstructs the subjective interpretation of school life as perceived by teachers and pupils at Rishi Valley School (in Andhra Pradesh, India) which is often considered the hallmark of progressive education. It argues that the individual is significant to the schooling process in terms of the worlds that are created, managed, negotiated, contested, and developed. It also contends that the school's ‘ideology’, in the case of Rishi Valley, is especially explicit in underlining how the individual catalyses the transformation of the social world. The book explores the dilemmas and contr ... More

Keywords: school life, teachers at Rishi valley, pupils, Rishi Valley School, transcendental ideology, Jiddu Krishnamurti, progressive education, school culture, schooling process, teacher-pupil interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195679649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meenakshi Thapan, author
Delhi School of Economics