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.



The Educational Context

A Commonwealth Secretariat survey of education in a sample of small states, conducted in preparation for the Eighth Commonwealth Education Conference (Sri Lanka 1980), and the monograph Scale, Isolation and Dependence: Education in the Small States of the Commonwealth (Commonwealth Secretariat 1984) both identified the factors of scale isolation and dependence as being of critical significance to educational development and prospects in small countries. In this chapter, Colin Brock, the author of the monograph, considers the same three concepts in order to provide the educational context for the studies which follow.


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