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The Use of Rhymes and Jingles to Improve Phonemic Awareness: A Foundation for Early Childhood Literacy Development in Belize

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SKU: cje-43-2

Phonemic awareness is considered by many educators to be the critical fundamental tenet for childhood literacy. However, the challenging aspect of teaching young children is to teach in such a way that it becomes fun-filled, memorable, and relatable for them, thus ensuring lifelong learning. The results of this study showed that nursery rhymes and jingles could improve children’s phonemic awareness in an ethnically diverse setting.

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Literacy and Learning through Literature in the Junior Years: A Prototype Project

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SKU: cje-28-1-4

Literacy acquisition and development among primary-age children is a main focus of inquiry and research for different institutions and organizations in the Caribbean. In Jamaica, educational bodies such as the School of Education, University of the West Indies, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture (MOEYC), have implemented literacy projects like the Language Materials Workshop (LMW), the New Horizon Project, the Jamaica All-Age School Project, and UNICEF-Jamaica Literacy through Literature in Zone 40, Clarendon (Webster and Walters 1998).

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Constraints on Educational Development: A Guyanese Case Study

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SKU: JEDIC-9-12-2

In Guyana it is recognised that the output of schooling at all levels starting at the primary level is inadequate to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This paper describes an attempt by the author, as Director of the National Centre for Educational Resource Development to address the problem of literacy at the primary level through curriculum development, specifically the use of Skills Reinforcement Guides.

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Talking 'bout a (digital) Revolution: New Literacies, New Practices for New Times

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SKU: JEDIC-10-1-3

This paper reflects on the ways in which traditional notions of literacy are being challenged by new technologies, arguing that alongside a re-conceptualization of literacy, educators need to re-think literacy curriculum content and their approaches to teaching. Taking a view of literacy as a social practice, it discusses how increasing numbers of people in technologically rich environments are taking opportunities to produce complex digital texts as part of their everyday life.

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Creare: Re-imagining the Poetics and Politics of the Jamaican Creole Language Debates

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SKU: cje-20-1-7

This paper takes up the Jamaican Creole/Standard English (JC/SE) debates and argues that they often reproduce false binaries between Creole and English and the oral and written. I map out some of their terrain by sampling editorials and letters from local newspapers, the Gleaner and the Observer, and offer up a brief history of the various positions of linguists and educators on the SE/JC question.

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Editorial

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SKU: JEDIC-13-12-0

This double issue of the Journal of Education and Development in The Caribbean (JEDIC) honours Jossett Lewis‐Smikle, lecturer in Literacy Studies in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, who passed away in March 2013. Many in our university community and beyond will know of her unstinting commitment to literacy achievement in Jamaica through her teaching, research, curriculum development and community work.

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Language Education in the Caribbean: Selected Articles, by Dennis Craig. Eds. Jeanette Allsopp and Zellynne Jennings

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SKU: JEDIC-14-2-8

Language Education in the Caribbean: Selected Articles by Dennis Craig is a carefully selected collection of the writings of the late Dennis Craig (1929–2004). Edited by Jeannete Allsopp and Zellynne Jennings, the book contains eight of Craig’s “most representative articles” with a focus on language education in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The book is a rich resource for its intended audience of language teachers, creolists, practitioners and researchers in the field of Caribbean language education.

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Editorial

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SKU: JEDIC-15-1-0

To understand the significance of the online launch of this issue of the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (JEDIC), one must understand its beginnings. Created by the late Professor Dennis Craig and Professor Emerita Zellynne Jennings-Craig, JEDIC was birthed out of a need to produce scholarly research by and for the Caribbean people, pertaining to both education and development. The first issue, published in June 1997 in Guyana, produced four articles, one book review and one thesis abstract.

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Student Outcomes in TVET and Related Leadership and Management Principles and Practices in Selected Secondary Schools in Jamaica

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SKU: JEDIC-16-1-4

Technical and vocational education has become a strong focus area for Caribbean countries as they seek to advance their social and economic status in the globally competitive market. Given this context, schools in the Caribbean offer technical and vocational education and training (TVET) subjects to students from various examining bodies. This paper looks at how schools in Jamaica are doing in TVET in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and the leadership and management principles and practices used in administering TVET in selected top performing schools.

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Disrupting (Mis)Representation in the Literacy Achievement of “(Under)Performing” Youth

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SKU: JEDIC-1802

National and international large-scale literacy assessments play an indelible role in impacting educational policy and curriculum across the globe. In fact, the value attached to these measures persists regardless of questions raised about the influence of the nature of such tests, characteristics and requirements of test items, and the ways in which demographic characteristics such as English learner status, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), and disability impact student literacy performance.

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