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Increasing choice or inequality? Pathways through early education in Andhra Pradesh, India

Streuli, Natalia; Vennam, Uma and Woodhead, Martin (2011). Increasing choice or inequality? Pathways through early education in Andhra Pradesh, India. Bernard van Leer Foundation.

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Abstract

This working paper is part of the Studies in Early Transitions series emerging from Young Lives, a 15-year longitudinal study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. It explores recent trends for children growing up in Andhra Pradesh, one of India’s most populous states, based on Young Lives survey data collected for a sample of 1950 young children born in 2001 plus in-depth qualitative research.

The paper discusses how poverty levels and location are strongly predictive of whether children attend government or private pre-school. It highlights policy challenges stemming from weak governance of the pre-school sector, notably how the relatively-unregulated and rapidly-growing private sector offers to initiate children into formal learning, in English, from a much earlier age than normally considered to be developmentally appropriate. And it identifies how government provision could be improved and strengthened.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2011 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Extra Information: Working papers in early childhook development no.58
ISSN 1383-7907
ISBN 978-90-6195-123-0
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 29049
Depositing User: Martin Woodhead
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 08:55
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 23:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29049
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