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Book Talk: Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory, and Teaching Practices and Policies in India, with Amita Gupta

On Tuesday, September 24th, Amita Gupta, Teachers College alumna and Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, at City College of New York, will present her newly revised book, Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory, and Teaching Practices and Policies in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda (Palgrave Macmillan, 9/5/2013).

"Conceptualized within a socio-cultural constructivist and postcolonial paradigm, this book explores a definite tension between 'Western' theories of child development and the 'Indian' ways of being and thinking. It also provides a richly descriptive and relatively unexamined account of the culturally complex relationship that exists in urban India between formal teacher education programs, national policies, early childhood classrooms, and the urban, middle-class experiences of children and early childhood teachers. The hallmark features of this book lie in the rich examples, research anecdotes, and postcolonial perspectives on the voices of teachers explicitly describing their classroom practice. This book is truly one of the first of its kind, and, now in a revised edition, offers a timely response to educational initiatives of the twenty-first century."
--Palgrave MacMillan

In addition to teaching at City College, Amita Gupta is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. Dr. Gupta has been in the field of early education for over twenty years and has extensive cross-cultural experience with school administration, teacher education, and classroom teaching in urban schools in both India and the U.S. Prior to joining CUNY she was Associate Director of an early education school on the Upper West Side for ten years. Dr. Gupta has served as an early childhood consultant and on the Board of Directors for schools in both countries, and continues to offer culturally responsive professional development consultations in the areas of school leadership, teacher preparation, curriculum design and development for schools, institutions and organizations in India and the U.S.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Gupta back to Teachers College. Previous book talks include: Going to School in South Asia: The Global School Room (Greenwood Press, 2007); and Early Childhood Education: Postcolonial Theory and Teaching Practices in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006).

Please rsvp with details via online support no later than Friday, September 20th.

Where: 306 Russell



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