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Education and Society in Bhutan : Tradition and Modernisation (Hardcover) (Chelsea M. Robles)
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Bhutan is characterized by its long-held policy of strict isolationism, both culturally and economically. It is also a country that is undergoing dramatic socio-economic and political transformation. The education sector has attracted much international attention for recent reforms, driven by the national development philosophy of Gross National Happiness, which show powerful aspirations toward balancing change with the continuity of tradition.
This book traces the history of education in Bhutan and reveals that, as the country has modernised and become globally connected and further influenced by international and Western mores, tensions have emerged across the education sector. It examines how these tensions between the curriculum and local knowledges can impact teaching and learning, and offers alternative approaches to addressing them. The book also discusses the discourses of those who were involved in the development of the modern system of education and uncovers the experience of a younger generation of educators.
Filling a gap in the market, this book is an invaluable resource for students and researchers interested in the formation of education policy, social and political reform in Bhutan, and South Asia Studies.