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Life at SchoolAn Ethnographic Study$
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Meenakshi Thapan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195679649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679649.001.0001

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Pupil Culture An Ensemble of Relations

Pupil Culture An Ensemble of Relations

(p.117) Chapter Seven Pupil Culture An Ensemble of Relations
Life at School

Meenakshi Thapan

Oxford University Press

The social background, attitudes, and general experiences of pupils contribute towards establishing the pupil culture in the school. In addition to interaction with people, pupil culture is the result of the pupils' relationship with, and attitude towards, school work and the events that constitute pupil activity in the school. Pupil values influence pupil culture as they encompass and are reflected in pupils' views on different aspects of school life, including ideology and school work. This chapter examines the life of the pupil in terms of school-generated experiences and activities in order to understand what it means to be a pupil in the Rishi Valley School. It discusses pupil' school entry, pupil perspectives on school work, co-curricular and leisure-time activities, sport as an important aspect of the pupils' lives in school, pupil-pupil interaction, and pupil perspectives on the school, and pupil aspirations. The relationship of the pupils with J. Krishnamurthy's transcendental ideology is also discussed.

Keywords:   pupil culture, Rishi Valley School, Rishi Valley pupils, Krishnamurthy's ideology, school work, pupil-pupil interaction, sports in Rishi Valley, leisure activities, Pupil family background, school entry

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