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ERIC Number: EJ913463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Modernity, Education and Its Alternatives: Schooling among the Urban Poor in Kathmandu
Valentin, Karen
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v9 n1 p99-113 Mar 2011
Ideas of linear progress and predictability are essential to globally circulated ideas of educational planning, but do not necessarily correspond with the realities and priorities of ordinary people whose life trajectories often shape very differently. Thus, shedding light on the contradictory ideas about education and divergent expectations as to the meaning and "outcome" of schooling held by different social actors, the aim of this article is to explore why young people do not necessarily follow educational programmes along a linear track as often envisioned by planners. Based on ethnographic material collected in a squatter settlement in Kathmandu since the mid-1990s, the article focuses on the discrepancies between the ideals of progress and social change characterising educational planning, continued practices of social exclusion and culturally produced meanings ascribed to education, as it is played out in the context of the "urban poor" in Nepal. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nepal