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Title: Unequal schools
Authors: Britto, Rita Sunita
Keywords: Suma Chitnis
School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1987
Publisher: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Abstract: The object of this study was to observe schools that catered to children of different social strata and to document whether and if so, how the facilities available for schools are different and disparate. This exercise was part of a larger concern about inequality in education. Conceding that this inequality has several sources and is rooted in several features of the educational system, this study was guided by the hypothesis that one of the most significant sources of inequality is the school itself. Three schools in the city of Bombay, catering to three different socio-economic strata have been observed in substantial detail with a view to testing whether differences and disparities exist as hypothesized. In keeping with the hypothesis of the study, the major criterion in selecting the three schools, was that they cater to different SES groups of students. The choice was made on the basis of the researcher's impressions, substantiated by information that the principals and some of the teachers provided. Nevertheless, the first task of this thesis has been to establish the socioeconomic background of the children going to these three schools and hence the legitimacy of the choice of schools. Since the core objective of this study was to establish whether and if so how the three schools are unequal in terms of the educational facilities, programs, environment and other relevant elements of schooling, the study moved on to observe - their physical facilities and the quality of the provisions made for the academic and all-round development of the students; their administrative structure, the personal attributes of the principals and their perceptions and handling of their school environments; teachers and the character. of teaching and the students' impressions of their school life and home life. The quality of academic performance of students in the three schools and their participation and performance in the extra-curricular activities offered by the school, their aspirations and plans for their future were then examined with a view to understanding how these varied with the facilities provided by the schools. Finally, the researcher looked briefly at the home backgrounds of students to see whether their homes were likely to support or handicap their schooling.
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