ERIC Number: ED480423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Citizenship Education in Small States: Trinidad and Tobago. Commonwealth Case Studies in Citizenship Education.
Identity and diversity in all its forms present major challenges to countries seeking to best equip citizens with the skills to participate effectively in their diverse societies. This investigation into citizenship education in Trinidad and Tobago produced information about: the type, nature, and variety of programs being offered; the topics covered in these programs; the approaches and methodologies being used; and the groups that participate in the programs. It also highlighted the fact that government and civil society organizations are involved in citizenship education. Additionally, the investigation provided opportunities for individuals and organizations to identify the challenges of being a citizen in the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious society of Trinidad and Tobago. Participation in the search conference which collected information for the study, provided opportunities for individuals and organizations to share concerns about their work. Primary data were collected in a questionnaire given to organizations in the sample, in meetings, and in face-to-face and telephone interviews. Among the concerns and issues identified and discussed were: values, identity, difference and diversity, inequalities; citizenship and the good citizen; democracy and governance; the socio-economic situation and its impact on citizens; the ideology and structure of the education system; and the content, delivery evaluation and impact of citizenship education programs. A list of participants at the Search Conference is appended. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, National Programs, Questionnaires, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).; Ministry of Education and Culture (Trinidad and Tobago).
Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago