Private entities are a major player in the educational field in the US and have an increasingly high profile in India. They are closely involved in managing and running schools, and providing infrastructure, classroom materials and teacher training. Publishing companies in the U.S. have an inordinate influence over the enacted curriculum and teacher education while a non-profit is changing the face of the teaching force.
This paper will describe the impact of private entities on teacher education and the profession of teaching, illustrating with Pearson and Teach for America. The applications of these impacts to the Indian context will be discussed.
Prof. Hema Ramanathan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of West Georgia, US. She believes that education is a public discipline; teaching is a social act; and research in education should mirror these concepts. Her teaching and research interests are: issues of diversity; instructional leadership; teacher professional development; teaching English as a second/ language; and comparative education. She has over 50 publications and has presented widely at professional conferences. She serves as a consultant with private and public professional organizations.
The talk is organized by, The Public Accountability and Governance in Education [PAGE] project at CPR, and The Forum for Deliberations on Education [The Forum]. It is the third in the series by The Forum.
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