ERIC Number: ED470887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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A Reform Initiative: The Barbadian Experience.
This paper examines the reform initiative that is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs, and Culture in collaboration with Erdiston Teachers' Training College to improve the quality of education for all students in Barbados. The Education Sector Enhancement Programme, commonly referred to as EduTech 2000, seeks to accomplish this reform. The two main theories that underpin the philosophy of this reform program are the theory of constructivism and that of child-centered learning. The emphasis on collaborative forms of learning in the nation's classrooms will help students to live and work in harmony and develop skills in creative and critical thinking. With these skills, students will be prepared to function effectively in a technologically advanced society. This paper examines the four major components of the program: (1) civil works, (2) institutional strengthening, (3) procurement and installation of hardware and software, and (4) teacher training and technical assistance. The paper shows how each of these factors will contribute to the attaining of the reform goals. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Barbados