Child Development and Education in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction

  • Priti Joshi
  • Subir Shukla


The twenty-first century differs from earlier centuries in the dramatic nature and pace of changes witnessed. Whether in political, economic, social or cultural spheres, a globalized world has witnessed widespread transformation. These changes – as well as our increasing understanding of children’s development – raise questions about how prepared our children are for the future, at home or in school. We examine the different ways in which education is viewed – as a vehicle for social reform, or a utilitarian means to gain competitive advantage or generate capabilities, and the effect of each. Imposing a uniform design in a context of diversity tends to bring about homogenization and its ill effects. The relationship between Child Development and Education and the changes taking place in education are explored, along with the shifts needed in the light of present knowledge. The chapter concludes with a note on the approach taken in the book and a summary of sections and chapters in the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priti Joshi
    • 1
  • Subir Shukla
    • 2
  1. 1.Lady Irwin CollegeUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Group IgnusNew DelhiIndia

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