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ERIC Number: ED448086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Influences on Garifuna Youth's Education.
Lewis, Karla
This paper examines the influences on Garifuna (also known as Caribs) youth education through the voices of Garifuna educators and youths. The paper emphasizes, in both its content and methodology, that discussion of education in the Caribbean and specifically Belize cannot be separated from the educators' experiences and the adolescents' aspirations. The paper examines the cultural and political influences on the youth of the Garifuna culture; however, the cultural influence is not only of the Garifuna but also of U.S. popular culture. Data for the paper were collected through observations, face-to-face interviews, and secondary analysis; the constant comparative method was used to analyze the data. The paper's findings suggest that there have been changes in the educational focus of the Garifuna youth of Dangriga and that these youths' attitudes pervade the whole country. Participants in the research saw the decline of interest in school as caused by: (1) emigration of parents to the United States; (2) influences from U.S. culture; and (3) lack of employment opportunities. The paper calls for further research into the Garifuna language, the religious beliefs, and the kinship relationships, as well as the education of the Garifuna. Contains 3 notes and 30 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belize