ERIC Number: ED232993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Evolution in Bahamian Education: An Experiment with an International Teacher Education Program.
This paper describes how a plan for the University of Miami (Florida) to conduct college classes in the Bahamas was formulated and implemented. In July 1973, immediately after their country gained independence, a handful of Bahamian students, sponsored by their newly elected government, enrolled at the University of Miami. Stimulated by their personal interests, their experiences as colonials, and their commitment to a newly liberalized homeland, these students secured from their Ministry of Education and Culture an invitation to administrators from the University of Miami to discuss possibilites for bringing higher education to the Bahamas. The program, which began operating in 1975, has been a milestone in Bahamian education and in the development of the University of Miami as well. The program is committed to: (1) providing relevant education and avoiding intellectual colonialism; (2) maintaining the quality of education in an external setting comparable with campus programs; and (3) providing education to assist individual Bahamians and the government in the attainment of their goals. Students and teachers alike have also worked at "Bahamianization" of university curriculum. (JMK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bahamas; University of Miami FL
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (30th, Washington, DC, July 11-15, 1983).