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
ByRahul Mukhopadhyay, Padma M. Sarangapani

part I|130 pages

Conceptual papers

chapter 1|36 pages

Public, private and education in India

A historical overview
ByManish Jain

chapter 2|16 pages

Markets, state and quality in education

Reflections on genuine educational markets
ByChristopher Winch

chapter 3|21 pages

Normative articulations of the aims of education

An exploratory analysis
ByArchana Mehendale

chapter 4|19 pages

Regulatory state and the diversified private

ByArchana Mehendale, Rahul Mukhopadhyay

chapter 5|16 pages

Recovering the practice and profession of teaching

ByPadma M. Sarangapani, Rahul Mukhopadhyay, Parul, Manish Jain

chapter 6|20 pages

Notes on quality in education 1

ByPadma M. Sarangapani

part II|139 pages

Empirical studies

chapter 7|30 pages

Hyderabad’s education market 1

ByPadma M. Sarangapani

chapter 8|36 pages

Schools, market and citizenship in Delhi

ByManish Jain

chapter 9|17 pages

Curriculum as a dimension of quality

Its production and management in schools in Hyderabad
BySakshi Kapoor

chapter 10|16 pages

Management of home–school relationship

Role of school principals in low-fee private schools
ByPoonam Sharma

chapter 11|21 pages

School quality

Parent perspectives and schooling choices
ByEleanor Gurney

chapter 12|17 pages

Teaching because it matters

Beliefs and practices of government school teachers 1
ByNiharika Sharma, Padma M. Sarangapani