The Shaping of Tertiary Education in the Anglophone Caribbean

Forces, Forms and Functions

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As tertiary education in the Caribbean enters a period of expansion and maturity, this book is a timely study into how the sector should evolve if it is to meet its target of increasing enrolment from under 10 per cent to 15 per cent by 2005. It explores the issues involved in providing an optimum learning and teaching environment, and presents options for policy, strategic design and leadership. Contains sections on: The Concept of Tertiary Education; The Shaping of Tertiary Education in the Caribbean; Access of Tertiary Education in the Anglophone Caribbean A Study of Barbados and St Lucia; Quality Assurance; Future Directions for Tertiary Education in the Caribbean. The Commonwealth’s educational work promotes the exchange of experiences and good practice in the field of education. Commonwealth Case Studies in Education is a series of key papers focusing on innovations and challenges in education. Each case study presents a concise analysis of a topical and pertinent educational issue. The series marks an important contribution to educational advancement of benefit to countries, agencies and organisations, within the Commonwealth and beyond.



The Concept of Tertiary Education

In the Caribbean a number of terms are used to designate the stages of education. Elementary, high and higher is one set; primary, secondary and tertiary is another; and primary, secondary and post-secondary is a third. The equivalence of the terms 'elementary' and 'primary' is not disputed and the terms 'secondary' and 'high' are also used interchangeably. The same cannot be said, however about post-secondary, tertiary and higher. Even in the twenty-first century, it is true to say that the terms have elements in common but are still in the process of being redefined.


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