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Social Marginality and Inclusive Education

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

It is by now widely accepted that the processes of teaching and learning are deeply embedded in social structures. Furthermore, there is the recognition that education holds the potential either to reproduce the existing dynamic of power relations or to transform it.

Progressive thinking has favoured the latter, i.e. the possibility of drawing upon education to create an equitable society. In the past few decades, different movements too have affirmed the emancipatory dimension of education. Similarly, state led legislations such as the Right to Education have underscored the importance of education for all.

In such a context it is imperative that teachers recognize and acknowledge that a close connection exists between social marginality and education. It is important too that teachers understand the nature of this link between social marginality and education in order to enhance their own abilities to become agents of social transformation.

The fact that a large majority of children attending schools are disadvantaged as a result of intersecting marginalities makes the need for such an understanding all the more critical and pressing. The course on “Social Marginality and inclusive Education” seeks to provide such understanding.

Course Objectives:

The primary objectives of the course will be to:

  • To gain a theoretical and conceptual understanding of social marginality, especially in relation to education.
  • To introduce students to philosophers who have emphasized and elaborated upon the connections between social justice, equity and education.
  • To draw attention to such structural features of the Indian education system that impact social marginalization, either by exacerbating them or attempting to mitigate the effects of marginalization.
  • To highlight the potential of teachers to become the agents of change within the schooling system in particular and in the society at large.

Who can join the course?

The course will be available to students who have registered and students who are invited for the MA in Education and Technology program

Note: The best way to access this course is through a laptop/desktop or TISSx mobile app.

Course Staff


Dr. Amina Charania Lead MA in Education & Teaching, Associate Professor, CETE, TISS

Dr. Amina Charania is an Associate Professor at Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). In the year 2010, she earned her doctoral degree at Iowa State University, USA, specializing in curriculum and instructional technology. She leads research, field action and teacher professional development programmes focusing on Constructivist teaching and learning with technology at scale. These interventions have brought national and international accolades. Over the years, she has published and presented her research and practice in some of the leading journals internationally. Her research has provided evidence based frameworks and policy guidelines for teachers’ agency, pedagogical integration of technologies, and learners as producers concept for adolescents in government schools across multiple geographies. She has also served as a member of the Committee for Mentoring Mission, National Education Policy, anchored by NCTE 2021-22.

Frequently Asked Questions

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