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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Exploring Teachers’ Experience with the Implementation of the National Standards Curriculum in an Inner-City Primary School in Kingston, Jamaica

Pages: 
101-119
Publication Date: 
December 2020
DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.46425/j119013563
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Abstract: 

The National Standards Curriculum (NSC) has been the cornerstone of our Jamaican education system at the primary and lower secondary levels since September 2016. However, there are many controversies surrounding its implementation. This research sought to explore teachers’ experiences with the implementation of the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) in an inner-city primary school in Kingston, Jamaica. A generic qualitative research was conducted to explore the topic. The sample consisted of five teachers who were purposively selected. Data was collected through the observation of lessons and face-to-face semi-structured interviews. The findings revealed that the teachers viewed the NSC as an excellent curriculum that allows students to think critically, connect to real life situations, and develop learning skills for STEM integration. Additionally, teachers expressed challenges with lack of resources, the initial training workshops conducted, and offered strategies to overcome the challenges. The paper offers recommendations on how teachers should be supported during curriculum implementation to improve curriculum implementation experience.

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