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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Perspectives On Curriculum Change In The Caribbean

Publication Date: 
December 2002

This paper examines three attempts at curriculum change in education systems that span the Caribbean. These attempts all took place in the 1970s and 1980s. They are:(i) the Guyana Mathematics Project, (ii) the Grade 10-11 Programme in New Secondary Schools in Jamaica, and:(iii) the UWI/USAID Primary Education Project across several Caribbean countries. Important aspects of these projects are analysed with a view to suggesting the lessons they can provide for subsequent attempts at curriculum development. The conclusions from this analysis are then used as a basis for comparing the latter projects with a current major change in Jamaica's education system, - the Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE). This comparison seeks to ascertain the extent to which this current attempt at curriculum change has been informed by experiences from some two or more decades ago. It concludes that there are significant lessons still to be heeded.

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