The Challenge of Scale

Educational Development in the Small States of the Commonwealth

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An introductory volume in a series of publications which focus on the impact of scale on the development of national education systems in the small states of the Commonwealth. Experienced educators and administrators from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific examine curriculum, training, postsecondary education, technical education, distance education, regional cooperation and aid for education in the context of the problems and challenges set by smallness of scale.



Editorial Introduction

This volume is one of the bi-products of the Pan-Commonwealth Experts Meeting on Educational Development: the Small States of the Commonwealth, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and held in Mauritius from 19-27 November 1985. The official report of that meeting was published in November 1986 and is listed in the select bibliography (Appendix B), but the many individual papers and seminar contributions that helped to make that meeting so productive could obviously not be included in a summary report designed to synthesise the main outcomes of the discussion. It has been our pleasure and privilege to respond to the invitation of the Commonwealth Secretariat to compile a collection of essays on a selection of the themes arising from that formative conference.


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