ISBN 9780761936398,Social Science Learning in Schools : Perspective and Challenges

Social Science Learning in Schools : Perspective and Challenges


Chandan Sinha


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780761936398

ISBN-10 0761936394


Number of Pages 332 Pages
Language (English)


The public sector in India has evolved over the past two centuries to adapt to contextual changes like political framework, economic conditions, and people`s expectations. Certain systemic and institutional changes reflect the ongoing transformation within the sector. One such change has been in the role of the District Officer (DO). Beginning as an area administrator?with the agenda of revenue collection and representation of colonial authority?in the 18th century, the office has today evolved into a multi-faceted functionary at the centre of district administration. Unfortunately, this process of evolution and response to the deepening of democracy has often been mistaken for a diminution of the office. This book brings into perspective the processes and impact of public sector reforms that have gone virtually unnoticed by studying developments that have quietly, but irreversibly, altered the way the Indian State provides goods and services to its citizen-customers. It calls upon the State to support the new, evolving and transformational role of the DO in the context of rapid changes. This book also identifies gaps in current research in this area. A comprehensive study, this book would appeal to a wide audience?including students, civil servants, NGOs, and candidates for the civil services. Table of Contents Introduction The District and District Administration District Administration: Structure and Functions Evolving Role of the District Officer Public Sector Reforms: Impact at the District Level New Imperatives and Refurbished Responsibilities The Archetypal Administrator The Administrator?Leader Coordinator: Multi-agency Operations Facilitator: Collaboration at the Cutting Edge Looking Ahead... Acronyms Appendices Bibliography Index