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Social Science Education and Outreach as a Tool for Regional Development and Institutional Building: A Case Study in India

Social Science Education and Outreach as a Tool for Regional Development and Institutional Building: A Case Study in India
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Author(s): Elizabeth Mathew (Loyola College of Social Sciences, India)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 21
Source title: Handbook of Research on Science Education and University Outreach as a Tool for Regional Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): B. Pandu Ranga Narasimharao (Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, India), Elizabeth Wright (Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), USA), Shashidhara Prasad (University of Mysore, India) and Meghana Joshi (Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1880-8.ch009

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Abstract

The purpose of this Chapter is to delineate how Outreach of Social Science Education can become meaningful for Institution building as well as for society. The case of how an aided college in India run by private management facing the perils of post liberalization adjustments in governance and funding for higher education is able to create social relevance in its existence. The main factors that make outreach possible is the values of social commitment among the faculty and students. It shows that formative attitudes for such outreach, its implementation and monitoring through specified pedagogical perspectives, play a major role in bringing out effective development in the region causing institution building. The challenges and constraints embedded in its growth were no impediments to the institution being accredited as the best in the category for Arts and Science Colleges in India.

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