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Title: Education in Bhutan: Culture, Schooling, and Gross National Happiness
Contributor(s): Schuelka, Matthew J (editor); Maxwell, Thomas W  (editor)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1649-3
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Abstract: Bhutan is a country in the Himalayas with a relatively new education system and a unique governmental philosophy known as Gross National Happiness. This book explores the history, culture, challenges, and opportunities of schooling in Bhutan. It discusses topics including historical perspectives on Buddhist monastic education, the regional and international influence on educational development, traditional medical education, higher education, and the evolution of Bhutanese educational policy, to name but a few. It also investigates contemporary challenges to schooling in Bhutan such as adult education, inclusive education, early childhood education, rurality, and gender. Throughout the book, the developmental philosophy of Gross National Happiness is explored as a novel and culturally vital approach to education in Bhutan. The majority of the authors are prominent Bhutanese scholars and educational leaders, with select non-Bhutanese international scholars with strong links to Bhutan also contributing. This book is a valuable resource not only for those specifically interested in education in Bhutan, but for anyone with an interest in South Asian studies, general Asian studies, educational development, comparative education, Buddhist education, and the Gross National Happiness development philosophy.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Place of Publication: Dordrecht, Netherlands
ISBN: 9789811016493
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
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Extent of Pages: 252
Series Name: Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Number : 36
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