ERIC Number: ED255644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Excellence in Vocational Teacher Education--Focus on the Caribbean.
Samuels, Lincoln; And Others
In the Caribbean, vocational education is provided through both formal and nonformal educational programming. An excellence-oriented vocational teacher education program to prepare individuals to teach in the educational system of the region should incorporate training in the history and philosophy of vocational education, instructional techniques, classroom organization and management, testing and measurement, course construction, basic psychology, and first aid. In addition, prospective teachers should demonstrate satisfactory performance in an area of specialization. Standard certification for full-time teachers should require completion of a two-year course of study; standard certification for part-time teachers should entail successful completion of an inservice training arrangement to be completed through evening classes and summer workshops. The Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in Jamaica is currently contributing to the preparation of vocational teachers and instructors in the Caribbean by providing teacher education in accordance with these standards. To date, VTDI has trained 39 foreign students from 12 Caribbean countries. Plans are underway to expand the scope of services offered by VTDI and increase the amount of training and retraining for VTDI staff members. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Conventional Instruction, Degree Requirements, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, School Role, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Caribbean; Vocational Training Development Inst (Jamaica)
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, November 30-December 4, 1984). For a related report focussed on the United States, see ED 250 523.