Calibrating the lives and lived experiences of teachers in India: A plea for research
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Lives of Teachers
Elementary teachers
School Education
teachers in India
Biographical Approach

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Apat, B., & Swain, P. (2023). Calibrating the lives and lived experiences of teachers in India: A plea for research. Research in Educational Policy and Management, 5(2), 34-51.


The purpose of this study is to highlight the insufficient understanding of the lives and concerns of government schoolteachers in India, who are often blamed for the deteriorating state of public schools in the country.  It examines previous studies on the subject and contends that they have not adequately represented the teachers' perspectives and voices. In order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Indian teaching workforce, it is crucial to conduct research that delves into the personal lives and experiences of Indian teachers. To this end, this review paper adopts a hermeneutic approach to select relevant studies for analysis. We explore the evolution of research on the lives of teachers as a distinct field of study, and introduce several prominent studies in this area to provide a foundation for future research in the Indian context. Ultimately, we identify several key questions that can be addressed through an examination of the lives of Indian teachers.
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