Reconceptualizing vocational education and training (VET) in Caribbean schooling

Show simple item record Lewis, Theodore 2010-04-20T20:39:23Z 2010-04-20T20:39:23Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Lewis, T. (2008). Reconceptualizing vocational education and training (VET) in Caribbean schooling. In L. Quamina-Aiyejina (Ed.), Reconceptualising the agenda for education in the Caribbean: Proceedings of the 2007 Biennial Cross-Campus Conference in Education, April 23-26, 2007, School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 477-488). St. Augustine, Trinidad: School of Education, UWI. en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-976-622-001-3
dc.description.abstract Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has had an uneven history in secondary education in the Caribbean, which is no different from the experiences of many developing and emergent countries. Many problems tend to beset the introduction of such subjects in the schools, including (a) high cost, (b) low status, (c) poor integration with the academic curriculum, (d) indifferent attention to teacher preparation, (e) tendency to be offered to low academic performers, (f) assessment and certification difficulties (low pass rates), and (g) programme maintenance issues. Over the decades, there has been a strong message from the World Bank that investment in TVET is a low funding priority, on the premise that such investment does not yield suitable returns. This paper contends that TVET has a vital role to play in Caribbean education, and in the development of the region. But the approach cannot be business as usual. There is need for new paradigms. The paper reflects on the record of TVET offerings in Caribbean schools, and offers some likely futures-alternative models-that might be considered in moving forward. A rationale for the models is provided, and strengths and weaknesses of each offered. Implications issuing from the proposal are set forth, in realms such as educational policy, teacher preparation, and curriculum development en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en
dc.subject Vocational education en
dc.subject Vocational training en
dc.subject Caribbean en
dc.title Reconceptualizing vocational education and training (VET) in Caribbean schooling en
dc.type Book chapter en

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