This volume examines how the public and private domains in school education in India are informed and mediated by current market realities. It moves beyond the simplistic dichotomy of pro-state versus promarket factors that define most current debates in the formulations of educational reform agendas to underline how they need to be interpreted in the larger context. The chapters in the volume present a series of conceptual and empirical investigations to understand the growth of private schools in India; investigate the largely uncontested claims made by the private sector regarding provision of superior quality of education; and their ability to address the educational needs of the poor. Further, the book looks at how the private–public dichotomy has been extended to professional identity of teachers and teaching practices as well.

Rich in primary data and supported by detailed case studies, this volume will be of interest to teachers, scholars and researchers dealing with education, educational policy, school education and public policy. It will also interest policy makers, think tanks and civil society organisations.

chapter |27 pages


Education in India between the state and market – concepts framing the new discourse: quality, efficiency, accountability

part I|130 pages

Conceptual papers

chapter 1|36 pages

Public, private and education in India

A historical overview

chapter 2|16 pages

Markets, state and quality in education

Reflections on genuine educational markets

chapter 3|21 pages

Normative articulations of the aims of education

An exploratory analysis

part II|139 pages

Empirical studies

chapter 9|17 pages

Curriculum as a dimension of quality

Its production and management in schools in Hyderabad

chapter 10|16 pages

Management of home–school relationship

Role of school principals in low-fee private schools

chapter 11|21 pages

School quality

Parent perspectives and schooling choices

chapter 12|17 pages

Teaching because it matters

Beliefs and practices of government school teachers 1