The Sastras of Teacher Education in South Asia: Conclusion

  • Erik Jon Byker
  • Matthew A. Witenstein
Part of the South Asian Education Policy, Research, and Practice book series (SAEPRP)


The purpose of our conclusion chapter is to examine and summarize the volume’s themes. At the onset of the book, Rohit introduced the Sanskrit word śāstras as akin to a guide for everyday practice. In our conclusion chapter, we discuss how the volume’s chapters reflect the challenges, innovations, and outcomes of teacher education across South Asia. We examine the sastras learned from this volume. The three sastras include the following: (1) Teachers lead as policies guide; (2) action drives incremental progress; and (3) data and design shape a professional teaching practice. We also outline recommendations for a future research agenda related to teacher education in the South Asian region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Jon Byker
    • 1
  • Matthew A. Witenstein
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

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