Amita Gupta: Influence of Local and Global Discourses on
Parental Beliefs and Practices of Indian Parents
On Tuesday, October 1st, the South Asia Center of Syracuse
University is pleased to welcome Dr. Amita Gupta, Professor of Education at The
City College of New York. Professor Gupta will be discussing the findings from
a survey-based inquiry seeking to understand Indian parents’ perceptions on
parent-child relationships including those with extended family; parents’
attitudes with regard to the education of their young children; and parents’
preferences for the skills and behaviors which in their view were important for
their children to learn. This discussion will trace traditional and modern
influences that shape current beliefs and practices of Indian parents.
Amita Gupta is a Professor of Education and former Department Chair in the
School of Education at The City College of New York, CUNY. She earned a
doctoral degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She has been in
the field of early childhood education for more than thirty years with
extensive cross-cultural experience in school administration, teacher
education, and classroom teaching in urban schools in the U.S. and in Asia. Dr.
Gupta’s interdisciplinary research interests combine the fields of postcolonial
theory; early childhood teacher education; international and comparative
education; and urban education. She has published extensively and her
scholarship highlights diverse and cross-cultural perspectives emphasizing the
themes of socio-cultural-historical constructivism in teaching and learning;
and the impact of globalization on early childhood teacher preparation and
practice in Asia.
This talk will take place at 12:30pm in 341 Eggers Hall. Please
Sponsored by the South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global
Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Department
of Human Development and Family Services.