ERIC Number: ED124617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Historical Perspective: Curriculum Development and Instrumentalism in the Educational System in the British West Indies.
Deonanan, Carlton R.
That the instrument of education in any civilization or nation, and in particular the British West Indies relfects the totality of that civilization and vice versa is the thesis of this paper. The instrument of education reveals a structure and a profile with the following components: a design and a structure, a philosophy, a psychology, a system of objectives, a concept as to the nature of man, the structure of subject matter, the relevant versus the irrelevant, a value system, a concept of society, and the product or end result relfecting the utility of the instrument used for behavior modifications of the agents. A subsidiary thesis in this research is that nothing remains the same, and the only certainty is change itself - continual change. The research reviews the strategy of colonialism and imperialism around 1835 to the present in such countries as Trinidad and Tobago and in all of the British West Indies as reflected in the school curricula. The curriculum is an instrument resulting in a product or outcome which is revealed in the curricula field of the student-centered approach and the society-centered approach culminating in the processes of individualization versus socialization or a capture and rupture of the human mind by imperialistic techniques for economic exploitation. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Colonialism, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, Economic Climate, Educational Change, History, Imperialism, Individualism, Political Attitudes, Relevance (Education), Self Actualization, Social Action, Social Change, Social Systems, Social Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British West Indies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Atlanta, Georgia, October 1975); Best copy available