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We need to base rural and tribal primary education on indigenous psychology to optimise learning
The bane of the present day school education in India is that it subscribes for uniformity and similarity instead of inclusion. The respect of diversity and native context are often being ignored. There is a need to apply the principles of indigenous and cognitive psychology to education to maximise its outcomes by making it more relevant to the cultural context of students.
Teachers, as classroom practitioners, need to indigenous the approach to learning and evolve interventions for transition of students to their native context to the school context as a part of action research for self-development as professionals and indigenize the approach to language learning, especially, in rural and tribal areas, it is being felt.

Indigenous psychology as scientific study of human mind and behavior that is native and designed for its people for education and training. When seen from the educational view point, the instructional practices require taking cultural and contextual compatibility into account for the development and transaction of curriculum. Thus, indigenous psychology should be treated both as a discipline and a method both to make education relevant to the context of students.

The educational application of indigenous psychology demands that content and classroom instructional practices should be made culturally-appropriate to maximise learning by tribal and rural students. In other words, we need to emphasize translating people's indigenous and folk knowledge into analytical knowledge, i.e. the indigenization from without and within both.

In rural India, transition from home-language to school language is an issue that needs to be addressed by using the methods of indigenous psychology by cultural linkage through folk songs and stories.

We need to base rural and tribal primary education on indigenous psychology to optimise learning.

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