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.



Curriculum Development in Pacific Island Countries

Konai Thaman draws on a decade of experience as a curriculum consultant and teacher educator at the University of the South Pacific following service as a teacher in her native Tonga. Her comments emphasise the necessity for small countries to utilise their scarce professional resources to the full in meeting the challenge of national curriculum renewal. In the island nations of the South Pacific it is clearly important to utilise teachers in curriculum development in a way that large systems, with their more diversified and specialised service may find inappropriate or unmanageable.


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