Education in Small States

Policies and Priorities

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This publication argues for work by the Commonwealth and others on the particular and distinct challenges of education in small states, and for the need to examine the impact of changing global contexts, to document the changing nature and significance of recent and contemporary education policy priorities, and to advance the case for new and strengthened initiatives for education in small states.

The study will be of direct interest to a wide range of stakeholders involved in educational and social development in small states, to policy-makers, administrators, researchers, students, comparative educationalists, international agency personnel and practitioners at all levels in small states, throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.



An Overview of Education in Small States

As in the general literature, in the present study population size has been taken as the primary indicator for defining which countries and territories to analyse. In its work on the economies of small states, theWorld Bank uses the threshold of 1.5 million people, but notes that in practice there is a continuum and that some states with populations that are larger than the chosen threshold share some or all of the characteristics of smaller countries.


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