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Teaching Social Science in Schools: NCERT′s New Textbook Initiative

This book explores the teaching of social science in Indian schools, and explains the rationale for a new approach that was introducted by India′s National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in 2005. The book begins by explicating the larger purpose of the NCERT social science textbooks in the promotion of intellectual freedom and critical thinking. It emphasizes that the new generation of textbooks has reinvented teaching and organizing the social science disciplines. Teaching Social Science in Schools is a manual that explains the rationale for the new approach, and illustrates how the new textbooks can be used effectively.


The book is likely to be a useful resource for those who wish to engage teachers with issues and concerns of Social Science teaching and learning. It fills a major gap in the provision of simply written subject-specific reading materials for school teachers. Organisations such as the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and Nongovernment organisations (NGOs) that provide in-service and onsite support to teachers as well as schools which look for meaningful engagement for the professional development of teachers will find this book of value.

-- Contemporary Education Dialogue

This book clarifies questions raised by teachers, parents, students and educationists about NCERT’s new textbooks. In a simple, friendly manner, the book puts to rest fears and worries.

-- Civil Society 
About the Author

Alex M. George is an independent researcher in Eruvatty, Kerala, India. He was a member of the team led by Yogendra Yadav to develop the acclaimed political science textbooks for NCERT. He has over 10 years of experience in education, especially research in curriculum and developing of new material for schools. He has worked with Eklavya (Madhya Pradesh), Kanavu (Kerala), Students’ Educational and

Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL, Ladakh) and NCERT–CSDS (New Delhi). Apart from writing textbooks, Alex has written Children’s Perception of Sarkar: A Critique of Textbooks (Eklavya, 2007).

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