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"What you are going to do today is behave!" Teacher-Pupil Relations in a Jamaican Classroom

Publication Date: 
December 1998

The Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE) takes as its main objective the provision of a national curriculum for grades 7–9 in Jamaica's secondary schools. Where ROSE does not focus primarily on major innovations in curriculum content, the new curriculum emphasizes changes in teaching methodology intended to foster innovative thinking, critical thinking, divergent thinking, decision making, group work, and problem-solving skills (ROSE 1993). By aiming at the development of these skills and modes of interaction, ROSE reflects a Deweyan approach to education in which children are directed rather than controlled, and the development of pupil interest and participation in the learning process is of major importance (Dewey 1916).

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