Gender and Education
Vimala Ramachandran, Kameshwari Jandhyala
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While the last century has seen a considerable shift in the status of women in Indian society, gender equality in education continues to be influenced by three sets of issues: economy, society and culture; accessibility/availability of formal education; and gender norms. Socio-economic inequalities, connectivity, and cultural beliefs and practices, including a continued preference for sons across the country, play an important role in determining whether girls are given access to both primary and higher education.

Gender and Education brings together wide-ranging debates that took place in the Economic and Political Weekly from 2000–17 on the social, political and economic realities impacting the education of women across the country. The sections analyse the different axes of inequality; the political, economic and social context of education; and pedagogy and curriculum, through a study of textbooks.

Vimala Ramachandran was involved in the conceptualisation of Mahila Samakhya (Education for Women’s Equality) and served as the first National Project Director (1988–93) at the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. She established Educational Resource Unit (now known as ERU Consultants Private Limited) in 1998, as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education. She is currently the Managing Director of ERU Consultants Pvt. Ltd, and lives in Jaipur.

Kameshwari Jandhyala is the first Director of Mahila Samakhya Andhra Pradesh and a Consultant to the National Office of Mahila Samakhya at the Department of Education, Government of India. She is currently a Director in ERU Consultants Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, and is based in Hyderabad.

Lists of Tables, Figures and Maps

 Section I

1. Through the Life-Cycle of Children: Factors that Facilitate/Impede Successful Primary School Completion
Vimala Ramachandran, Kameshwari Jandhyala and Aarti Saihjee
2. Private Schools for the Less Privileged: Some Insights from a Case Study
Anuradha De, Claire Noronha and Meera Samson
3. Education and Girlhood
Krishna Kumar
4. Is Equality an Outdated Concern in Education?
Sadhna Saxena
5. The New Segregation: Reflections on Gender and Equity in Primary Education
Vimala Ramachandran and Aarti Saihjee
6. Gendered Inequality in Educational Transitions
Divya Vaid
7. Gender Differentials in Education: Exploring the Capabilities Approach
Jeemol Unni
8. Contemporary Challenges to Women’s Education: Towards an Elusive Goal?
Nandini Manjrekar
9. Why Women Teachers Matter in Secondary Education
Kameshwari Jandhyala and Vimala Ramachandran

Section II
10. ‘Sisters under the Skin’: Events of 2002 and Girls’ Education in Ahmedabad
Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan and Nina Haeems
11. Gender Gap in Literacy in Uttar Pradesh: Questions for Decentralised Educational Planning
Lori McDougall
12. Community Caretaking and Women Volunteer Teachers in Mumbai Slums
Anju Saigal
13. Inequality, Gender and Socio-religious Groups
Balwant Singh Mehta and Megha Shree
14. Globalisation, Higher Education and Gender: Changing Subject Choices of Indian Women Students
Karuna Chanana
15. Do Parents Spread Educational Expenditure Evenly across the Two Genders?: Evidence from Two North Indian States
Kausik Chaudhuri and Susmita Roy
16. Female Education: Changing Continuation of Gender Roles in Urban India
Ambika Kohli
17. Does Education Pay Off? Subjective Expectations on Education in Rural India
Annemie Maertens

Section III

18. Education as Trutiya Ratna: Towards Phule-Ambedkarite Feminist Pedagogical Practice
Sharmila Rege
19. Gender and Curriculum
Dipta Bhog
20. Literacy, Power and Feminism
Malini Ghose
21. Forging a Vocabulary for the Nation: A Feminist Reading of Language Textbooks Dipta Bhog, Purwa Bharadwaj and Disha Mullick
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