Tagore's School and Methodology: Classrooms Without Walls

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Tom Kane

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This paper argues that Rabindranath Tagore, a very practical man, developed a distinctive and successful educational methodology over the course of his work in educational systems. The paper seeks to show that Tagore drew inspiration and direction from extraordinary times, and extraordinary people of those times. The paper establishes the Tagore family’s place within the ongoing Bengali Renaissance; and to Tagore’s place among remarkable individuals, particularly Jagadish Chandra Bose and Patrick Geddes. The paper looks to the emergence of the poet’s educational institutions from spiritual and technological viewpoints. An attempt is made to show that Tagore’s educational establishments were methodologically developed, can claim to be part of his poetic legacy; and that telepresence technologies of the twenty-first century might offer good service to those establishments as they continue to evolve.

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