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.



Educational Provision and Operation

In this chapter 'Ana Taufe' ulungaki focuses on the eleven South Pacific states that are both members of the Commonwealth and small. These states share certain common links and characteristics, but it is important to recognise too the many profound differences, and the diversity found within and between countries: differences which are reflected in their education systems and differences which derive from a uniqueness in respect of geography, linguistic heritage, language policies, forms of government, economic status, and varied colonial histories and education legacies. The question then that has to be answered is why, given the distinctiveness and the heterogeneity that characterise the area, the concept of regional solutions to educational problems should have persisted?


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