Change in Teaching Practices: Case of Phonics Instruction in India

Renu Gupta
2014 Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences  
Whencountries adopt educational reforms, teachers adapt them to local conditions. This paper uses the case of phonics instruction in India to examine how an unfamiliar instructional method is understood and implemented. The data is based on classroom observations and interactions with multimedia scriptwriters. The data show that components of the program are understood if they address a recognized classroom problem and fit familiar routines. However, since there is a fundamental mismatch
more » ... the objectives of phonics instruction, which emphasizes reading, and societal demands for written products, the adults choose local objectives, which constrain their implementation of the new program. Selection and peer review under the responsibility of Prof. Dr. Servet Bayram
doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.865 fatcat:2wnsey7a6rbahk2pxajqjnzb64