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.




The origins of this book lie in work commissioned for the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2009. A discussion paper prepared for ministers and senior officials attending the conference stimulated debate and attracted positive feedback (Crossley et al., 2009). In the light of this presentation, additional research and analysis was conducted to produce the present publication. Given that 28 Commonwealth countries have populations below two million (and 22 below one million), the focus on small states is relevant to the majority of Commonwealth members.


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