Education in India concentrates on exam performance and consequently, the teacher in India often acts as disseminator of textbook material, as well as maintaining class discipline and respect. This book explores low-income female teacher’s speech and syntax as a crucial resource in which agency, freedom and empowerment is enacted within a strong oral tradition in India.
It demonstrates how this socially and economically marginalised group overcome prejudices to develop relational agency and embed their authority. It shows how they establish their values and why their beliefs shape attitudes to aspiration, achievement and freedom of choice. It concludes with recommendations for policy and improvements to reflective practice in teaching.
Ruth Samuel is Academic Developer at SOAS and Research Tutor at Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.
The need for understanding female teacher agency in India;
Social relationships as collective achievement and teacher affirmation;
Negotiating the social spaces of the female teacher;
Attitudes to authentic knowledge and transformation;