ERIC Number: ED351314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education and Educational Reform in Jamaica: The Clock Is Ticking. A Report to the Ministry of Education of the Government of Jamaica Prepared at the Request of the Commonwealth of Learning.
Greig, James W.
Consistent with education reform efforts, the Jamaican Government invited The Commonwealth of Learning to participate in an on-site needs assessment survey. Previous examination results revealed a need to strengthen teaching and learning in English, mathematics, and science, as most primary school teachers required enhancement in both the content and pedagogy of these subjects. Specific tasks assigned included: (1) identification of training needs which would assist in accelerating the primary teacher upgrading program; and (2) recommendations for practical means whereby the upgrading program might be accelerated through distance education. Since the number of qualified trainers in the country is inadequate to meet the many and diverse needs of educational personnel, distance education is viewed as one means of coping with the problem. This report addresses the critical infrastructure needed for the efficient and effective use of distance teaching and learning, and it discusses the possibility of broadening the use of distance education in Jamaica, particularly with respect to the in-service training of teachers and administrators to improve effectiveness in classrooms and schools. Recommendations and 24 references complete the document. (LL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers: Jamaica; Reform Efforts