ERIC Number: ED370848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-22
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary Education and Research in Malta: An Overview = Recherche et enseignement secondaire a Malte: Yue d'ensemble.
Secondary education in Malta has gone through extensive reform and counter-reform in recent years. Maltese schooling culture hitherto had been very selective and traditional in its outlook, while implementation policy utterly disregarded both the cultural constraints and the unpreparedness of teachers for radical reform. The result was a steep rise in demand for private schooling. In public secondary schools there arose a tripartite secondary school system of junior lyceums for the best students, area schools for the less advanced, and trade schools. The National Minimum Curriculum sought to liberalize all three levels and shift the balance from vocationalism to broad based education. Malta's educational administration and policy making remain centralized. Secondary education is oriented toward preparing students for examinations. Curricular aims include: (1) heightened intellectual, affective, and physical development; (2) training for the pursuit of knowledge and reason; and (3) initiation into the process of qualification for working life. Maltese education has little research tradition, and educational reforms have not resulted from research. The time is long overdue for drastic revision of the administrative and structural policies of education in Malta. Government policy makers and educators need to work together to do research in response to jointly identified needs. Contains 12 endnotes. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Malta; National Curriculum (Malta)
Note: Paper presented at the European Educational Research Workshop (Valletta, Malta, October 6-9, 1992). Uneven type density may affect legibility. Best copy available.