ERIC Number: ED213710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Social and Economic Implications of Teacher Training in Jamaica.
Barham, Wilton; And Others
A preliminary study of the teacher training process in Jamaica used statistics, historical documentations, and a questionnaire survey to address four topics: (1) the future contributions of the Jamaican system of teacher training to the economic welfare of the country; (2) adapting present teacher education programs to the needs of teachers who will work in nontraditional settings; (3) specific areas in teacher education curricula that can be changed to positively affect the nation's economic, political, and social future; and (4) structural and conceptual changes needed in teacher education programs. The history of education in Jamaica shows the struggle to establish teacher education programs, of which there are now 13. In preliminary surveys, answered by students in Jamaica's teacher eudcation programs, on the characteristics of these programs, recommendations for educational practices and goals have emerged, but further analysis must be made to ascertain the potential role of teacher education in the socioeconomic development of Jamaica. The current status is that Jamaica has an inadequate supply of qualified teachers. Teachers should be trained to work in both formal and informal settings to reach the maximum number of people with educational needs. Higher admission standards and salaries are factors in obtaining better teachers. Appendices provide statistical information and student questionnaires. (FG)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, National Programs, Nontraditional Education, Schools of Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supply and Demand
Not available separately; see SP 019 911.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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