Basic Principles of Education

Shashi Prabha Sharma, Kanishka, 2004, xviii, 390 p, ISBN : 8173916950, $44.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Basic Principles of Education/Shashi Prabha Sharma

Contents:  Preface. 1. Meaning and basic elements of education. 2. Forms of education. 3. Aims of education. 4. Education--theory and practice. 5. The study or knowledge of children. 6. Classification of agencies of education. 7. The family (an active and informal agency of education). 8. The community (an active and informal agency of education). 9. The religion (an active and informal agency of education). 10. The state (an active and informal agency of education). 11. The school (an active and formal agency of education). 12. Non-formal education. 13. Distinction between training, instruction, teaching and education. 14. Educational values. 15. Principles of curriculum construction. 16. Principles of organising curricular and co-curricular activities. 17. Principle of responsibility--role of headmaster/principal. 18. Principle of responsibility--role of the teacher. 19. Principles governing the authority of the teacher. 20. Principle of assessing student's progress-the cumulative record card. 21. Principle of social control. 22. Principle of social values. 23. Principle of social change. 24. Principles concerning cultural, religious and moral values (education and religion). 25. Principle of population education. 26. Principle of socially useful productive work. 27. Principle of nationalism (education and nation). 28. Principle of emotional and inter-cultural integration (education for emotional and inter-cultural integration). 29. Principle of national integration (education for national integration). 30. Principle of international understanding (education for international understanding). 31. Principle of democratic polity (education and democracy). 32. Principle of modernization. 33. Principle of mass education (universalization of primary education). 34. Principle of scientific attitude (education and science). 25. Principle of vocational education (vocational and technical education). Bibliography. Index.

"Education as a composite discipline must confirm to the socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural conditions, therefore, principles of education encompassing all these aspects become a pre-requisite and thus arises the need to develop the thoughts and knowledge on these aspects in such a format as the present book at hand.

The present work captioned as basic principles of education, among several books published in India, claims to be the most comprehensive. This book has been designed so as to make the students, scholars and teachers informed of the principles of education. The book presents a very systematic presentation of the subject matter in simple and lucid language drawing examples from the Indian educational system. The book contains point analysis and description of the subject in Indian context and covers the syllabus of all the Indian universities on the subject.

The book in all contains 35 chapters out of which first 14 chapters are devoted to basic concepts such as basic elements, forms of education, aims of education, theory and practice of education, study of the child, classification of agencies of education, family, community, religion, state and school as agencies of education, non-formal education and educational values. Because no other book contains all these aspects as they are written as per syllabus of some particular universities.

The remaining 21 chapters in the book contain pinpoint study of the principles of education because education must meet the socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural needs and conditions of the society and the nation, which in totality has not been done, to the best of my knowledge, by any other Indian author. The principles of education encompassed in 21 chapters of this book are related to--curriculum construction, organising curricular and co-curricular activities, role and responsibilities of headmaster/principal and teacher and authority of the teacher, principle of assessing students' progress, principles of social control, social values, social change, cultural, religious and moral values, population education and socially useful productive work, principles of nationalities, emotional and inter-cultural and national integration together with international understanding. Principles of democratic polity, modernization, mass education, scientific attitude and vocational education are also included in this book.

All these aspects of principles of education are vital and must be followed by educators and planners of Indian educational system in a democratic set-up which we have in India. Therefore, this book is of vital academic as well as national importance.

The subject matter contained in the 35 chapters of this book, I trust, would fulfil the needs, requirements and expectations of the students, scholars and teachers of education of all the Indian universities."

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