Breaking the silence: Using journals to stimulate self-evaluation toward change in the Trinidad primary school system

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dc.contributor.author James, Cynthia
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-15T20:14:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-15T20:14:29Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation James, C. (2004). Breaking the silence: Using journals to stimulate self-evaluation toward change in the Trinidad primary school system. Caribbean Curriculum, 11, 85-113 en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/6623
dc.description.abstract Attempts at Caribbean education reform have traditionally suffered from lack of implementation and resistance to change. This paper argues that in Trinidad and Tobago, the slow march of education reform is compounded by the culture of silence that is institutionalized in the teaching profession. It posits that unless teachers become articulate about themselves, their students, and their practice in the classroom, recurrent top-down reforms are destined to fail. Against the background of a discussion of the cultural contexts of education in Trinidad and Tobago, and the fact that primary school teachers are subjecting themselves to repeated training with little apparent effect on the system, the paper evaluates the journals and the responses to journaling of 14 teachers enrolled in a Language Arts teacher education programme. The paper suggests that breaking the code of teacher silence could stimulate empowerment from within. With support, this empowerment could propel a tradition of documented Caribbean best practice toward building a base of regional educational research, generated by insights from the people in the trenches en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en
dc.subject School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en
dc.subject Journals en
dc.subject Primary school teachers en
dc.subject Student teachers en
dc.subject Teacher participation en
dc.subject Educational reform en
dc.subject Self evaluation en
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en
dc.title Breaking the silence: Using journals to stimulate self-evaluation toward change in the Trinidad primary school system en
dc.type Article en


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