This research outline focuses on the policies and practices of small schools in rural India. The research project will apply both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the contemporary context of these small schools and will include an extensive review of the relevant literature, quantitative analysis using educational data available from India's District Information System for Education (DISE), and ethnographic fieldwork in rural small schools. Through these activities, the research will attempt to address elements of all four of the CREATE zones of exclusion. It will also assess the wider social and economic contexts which have led to the current situation for small schools in India, and propose policy options for improving transition, progression and completion rates.
Diwan, R.; Blum, N. Small Schools and Increasing Access to Education.Research Outline (2007) 1 pp.