Consumerist culture and quality in teacher education in India
Chandrakala Joshi, Rajendra Singh Pathani
It is true that higher education has become more accessible in the present era of information technology. The purpose of higher education is to produce dexterous citizens who can take up national responsibilities successfully in various fields. Therefore, the institutions of higher education should maintain an elevated standard in general, technical and professional education by inspiring the students to search for a new knowledge and good effort that must be authentic in nature. In this way, the role of higher education is to improve individualís knowledge by being given access to great minds that leads to innovation in every field of our society. In India the marketing of higher education creates various challenges as it is cultivating empty minds and intellectual inactivity. The impact of this marketing on higher education is also affecting the quality of teacher education. Teacher education is the significant pillar for providing well qualified teacher to maintain the quality of education. Therefore, it is a serious issue that teacher education is being purchased just like a commodity. There are too many so-called teacher education institutes which are mainly focused on business and the main concern of these institutes is to make more profit instead of upgrading the quality of education. This scenario of present teacher education is a threat for quality enhancement in education. Education is not something that can be purchased and consume. Today in the age of economic growth, everyone becomes materialistic. Now education sector becomes a market and students are consumers. Now teacher has not to educate instead he has to serve the so-called consumer (student). In the present paper, it is discussed that a consumerist model of education leads to a decline of educational standard instead to improve it and to maintain the quality in teacher education there is a need to emphasize the value, skill and knowledge model.
Chandrakala Joshi, Rajendra Singh Pathani. Consumerist culture and quality in teacher education in India. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 7, 2015, Pages 404-407