This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Education for life: The Mirambika experience

Anjum Sibia — National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi.

Adopting an ethnographic approach, this paper examines the rich and dynamic life of teaching- learning in Mirambika – a school based on Free Progress Education as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The school ideology influences the social environment, behaviours of its inhabitants, and provides sources and resources of support, guidance and reinforcement. The influence of ideology in Mirambika is evident in its physical environment and organisation of pedagogic processes. The interactions between teachers and children encompass a range of meanings and messages between them, which are largely governed by its ideology. A selective account of classroom realities in Mirambika is presented as an attempt to build up the school culture through ideas, thoughts, feelings and artefacts.

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