ERIC Number: ED180706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-26
Reference Count: 0
A Project on Teacher Training for the Development of the Small School in Sri Lanka.
Ekanayake, S. B.
Representatives from 15 villages participated in a workshop planned to give teachers in rural small schools an understanding of the nature and problems of the small school and its community, an appreciation of the cultural background of village people, and the skills to implement practical village development programs. Prior to the workshop, Hingurakgoda Training College conducted a survey to determine educational needs in the Polonnaruwa District. In response to the survey, which revealed problems in the areas of teacher training, administration, and curriculum, the workshop was designed to develop qualities and skills needed by teachers in the small school. Thirty teachers, principals, and villagers met for 4 days in the village of Dalukana and shared an equal role in preparing for and conducting a fact finding mission to determine village resources, cultural factors, health and nutritional problems, and educational needs. Based on the information gathered, a program was planned of small scale projects having immediate and tangible results, e.g., clearing a plot for a school garden, preparing a volley ball court for village use, stocking and distributing first aid kits. At a second session three weeks later, participants discussed successful completion for projects in the areas of agriculture, health, sports and culture, and education. (JH)
Descriptors: Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Resources, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Problems, Field Experience Programs, Health Needs, Relevance (Education), Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Teacher Role, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand).
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education (Sri Lanka).
Identifiers: Sri Lanka
Note: Paper presented at National Advanced Level Workshop on Continuing Education for Teacher Educators (Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 26-March 9, 1979)