Special Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean

First published in Caribbean Journal of Education Volume 12 No 3 1987   Pp 274-282

This paper is a Report on Special Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean. It provides a brief sketch of the antecedents of in the region and looks at the constraining conditions in providing special education. It records the system of classification of special needs that have been employed and identifies the increasing trend within the region of governments becoming involved in special education in the training of teachers in special education and secondly in incorporating special schools in the public system of schooling along with the provision of necessary support services.

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Teacher Education: The Partnership between UWI and Teachers Colleges

The Partnership between the University of the West Indies and Teachers Colleges

Caribbean Journal of Education, Vol 23, Nos 1 and 2, 2001: Pp 73-88.

Teacher Education: The Partnership between the University of the West Indies and Teachers Colleges share similar content to Colleges Training Teachers and the School of Education, UWI. However, it omits the brief historical sketch of the evolution of teacher education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and starts with the creation of the training of secondary school teachers in 1952 in the Department of Education. Its focus is on the School of Education, Mona and the partnership with national colleges in the Western Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica. The 1990s was a turning point in teacher education particularly in the Western Caribbean and this paper updates the dialogue taking place in the closing years of the 20th century and the turn of the 21st century.

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Gender and the Democratization of Caribbean Society

The Sub-regional Dimension

Gender and the Democratization of Caribbean Society

was first published titled: Gender and Democratization of Caribbean Education. In Caribbean Journal of Education. Vol. 18 No. 1 April 1996. Pp 11-44.

This paper outlines constitutional reform in Commonwealth Caribbean countries in the post-war period leading to adult suffrage and representative government and sequential policy measures to establish democracy in these countries. It also outlines policy measures in education to democratize educational opportunities to ensure equal and equitable access of all citizens and residents to all levels of public education. It then looks at changes in the gender composition of particular types of schools and colleges consequent upon the implementation of these policies and explains the observed patterns by reference to the Theory of Place.

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A Review of OECS Education

A Sub-regional Dimension

First published title: A Review of OECS Education: The Sub-regional Dimension in the Caribbean Journal of Education Volume 28 No. 1 April 2006 Pp 1-25

This paper describes and discusses the long-term education strategies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), that were designed to guide educational development in this sub-region during the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century. It records the decision of the Ministers of Education in 1990 to commission Foundation for the Future, the long term strategy for the 1990s, the process employed to develop this strategy document, the broad outline of the strategies developed, the mechanisms put in place to implement the strategies and reviews the three evaluations that were done in 2000 to determine the extent to which the prescribed goals were achieved. The paper also describes and outlines the long term strategy Pillars for Partnership and Progress that was designed to guide educational development in the OECS for the period 2000 to 2010.

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Nature and Needs of Educational Administration in the Commonwealth Caribbean

Caribbean Journal of Education Vol 12 Nos 1 and 2: 1985 Pp 27-42

Nature and Needs of Educational Administration in the Commonwealth Caribbean argues that the education sector, globally, is integrally and profoundly related to politics, social stratification, culture, and economy. Consequentially educational administration operates at the intersection of these and is a function of the interplay of these imperatives. The paper therefore identifies and describes the political themes, social stratification, and socializing patterns, cultural factors, and economic relationships that have marked educational administration in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The paper also discusses the main traditions in educational administration related to recruitment of administrators and their roles and functions in community and society. The paper concludes with a discussion of needs in educational administration in the sub-region.

 

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