A study of reading education in the primary schools of Trinidad and Tobago: A research report



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The University of the West Indies


This study examines: 1) principals’ and teachers’ perceptions of the causes of reading failure; 2) the existence and use of available resources, methods, and materials used to teach reading; 3) priorities for in-service education; and 4) principal and teacher preparation in reading education. Questionnaires were sent to principals and teachers of 30 randomly selected primary schools—25 in Trinidad and 5 in Tobago. Results of data analysis revealed; 1) the need for improved physical facilities and conditions, 2) the lack of detailed reading curriculum, 3) lack of overall coordination and planning, and 4) poor community involvement. Recommendations are made for improved teacher education, and for remedial and resource back-up services.


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Reading instruction