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Thirumurthy, Vidya; Brown, Janet F. – Childhood Education, 2021
During the summer of 2016, the first author, along with an undergraduate student, observed an early childhood education program for 3- to 6-year-old children at Bright School, Muhanga, Rwanda. For two weeks, they documented the curriculum development, curricular and cultural adaptations of developmentally appropriate practices, social and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development
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Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2014
Parents play a key role in children's academic success. In this article, the author describes a sample of India's middle- and working-class parents' involvement in children's academic activities and the nature of support they provide for their children. In each case, everyday activities at home, often replicating school-based activities, indicated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Homework, Parent Student Relationship, Middle Class
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Thirumurthy, Vidya; Simic-Muller, Ksenija – Childhood Education, 2012
In the art form of "kolam," dots called "pulli" are arranged in rhombic, square, triangular, or free shapes, and a single, uninterrupted linear or curvilinear line, called the "kambi," intertwines the dots (Yanagisawa & Nagata, 2007). While there are no written or verbally stated rules, Yanagisawa and Nagata have…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Foreign Countries, Cultural Activities, Learning Activities
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Thirumurthy, Vidya; Uma, V.; Muthuram, R. N. – Childhood Education, 2008
The lives of many were changed forever when a tsunami struck on the morning of December 26, 2004, as a result of an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia registering 9.0 on the Richter scale. Aftershocks in the nearby Andaman and Nicobar Islands sent waves of fear among the survivors, further debilitating their spirits. The aim of this article is…
Descriptors: Nongovernmental Organizations, Foreign Countries, Natural Disasters, Cultural Awareness
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Thirumurthy, Vidya; Jayaraman, Brinda – Childhood Education, 2007
In this article, the authors first discuss the multi-tiered Indian education system. Then, they examine the challenges for special education in India, including: (1) the issues surrounding appropriate assessment in a multilingual country, which is enhanced by marked differences in children's socioeconomic status; (2) social stigma of disabilities…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students
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Giambo, Debra; Gonzales, Maria Elizabeth; Szecsi, Tunde; Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2006
The linguistic, cultural, and ethnic mixture in many countries, including the United States, is changing rapidly and varies significantly from such old standbys as "Johnny Appleseed" or "Dick and Jane." Learning to communicate effectively in a new language involves gaining familiarity with the present-day culture of the country in which one…
Descriptors: Familiarity, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness
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Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2005
In this article, the author shares the details of her visit to India in 2004 where she had the opportunity to conduct two workshops, one in Mumbai, previously Bombay, and the other one in Chennai, formerly known as Madras. She details her observations of the two groups, focusing first on the preservice group and moving on to the experienced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Workshops, Preservice Teachers, Teachers
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Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2005
In India, technological advances have resulted in greater economic affluence for the people. While embracing modernization, India also struggles to break away from traditions of casteism, classism, and dowry. The Indian government has made providing free primary education to all children a priority, but getting girls to school has been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Womens Education, Social Bias
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Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2004
In this brief article, the author shares observations of parents and children from over 27 countries who participated in a university preschool program, and also provides examples that illustrate cultural variations in parenting behavior. It is shown that the patterns of parental attitudes and behaviors exhibited in the preschool differed greatly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Values, Preschool Education, Cultural Differences
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Thirumurthy, Vidya; Sundaram, Nithya – Childhood Education, 2003
Explores issues related to the use of technology in Indian schools, drawing on information from a variety of sources, such as interviews with parents and teachers, school visits, government information, and magazine and journal articles. Examines India's cultural and educational environments; diversity of parents' and educators' attitudes about…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Literacy, Computer Use, Computer Uses in Education