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.



Problems of Policy and Development

John Rodhouse draws attention to the fact that identifying educational problems in small or large states often implies an obligation to provide a solution. Experience suggests that while the circumstances described as 'problems' in widely different contexts may be very similar, the 'solutions' tend to be more idiosyncratic. The value to small states of sharing their understanding of 'problems' is more likely to lead to a deeper perception of the nature of the 'problems' than to the identification of commonly acceptable 'solutions'.


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