ERIC Number: ED023033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
An Analysis of Selected Aspects of Jamaican Culture with Implications for Adult Educational Programs in the Church.
Gerig, Zenas E.
This study has analyzed selected aspects of Jamaican culture--education, religion, and family relations--in order to present suggestions for the church's adult education programs. The family is basically maternally oriented and marked by a predominance of early nonmarital sex relations and a lack of consistent intimacy and faithfulness in marriage. Protestantism is the leading religion. The older established churches are struggling to hold their membership but are making strong efforts in various social involvements. Membership in the younger churches is constantly growing, but these churches lack social interest. Jamaica's educational system is marked by a traditional "academic" emphasis, with a low percentage of school-age children attending secondary schools. The expansion of educational facilities cannot keep up with the high rate of population growth. A large proportion of adults are functionally illiterate. Plans are under way to make school places available to all children and to make attendance compulsory. The church's adult program in Jamaica, including instructional materials and leadership, must be adult-centered, need-centered, and as indigenous as possible. A type of training is recommended that will involve Jamaican adults in identifying needs and forming their own programs. (The document includes 88 references.) (author/ly)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bibliographies, Church Programs, Churches, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Objectives, Evaluation, Family Life, History, Instructional Materials, Leadership Training, Public Schools, Religion, Research, School Districts
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica