The Question of Assessing Whole Child Development: An India Perspective

When it comes to assessing whole child development (WCD), there are countless factors involved. Vyjayanthi Sankar, from CSSL in India, sat down with the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC), to share some of her experience around the assessment of WCD in India. She discusses two key components of her work: the general role and use of assessments in India and India’s understanding of WCD.

When trying to assess whole child development (WCD), many difficulties surface for educators and practitioners across contexts. The same is true in India. As in many places, there are fractured and confused understandings of the role and purpose of assessments within the education sector, so when you compound this with misconceptions about what WCD actually is and differences in terminology, the difficulties grow.

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