Utilization, Misuse, and Development of Human Resources in the Early West Indian Colonies

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1990 - Education - 412 pages
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This comprehensive study of the development of education in the West Indies between 1492 and 1854 examines the shifts which occurred within the nature of the education programs provided for the masses. Believing existing theories of educational change are too limiting, Bacchus has blended detailed analysis of such important factors as the changing role of the state, the conflicting educational objectives among the “dominant” groups, and their differences with the missionary societies providing popular education to better understand how these changes came about. He attributes greater importance to the role of the masses, who increasingly asserted their views about the type of education they wanted for their children. The book demonstrates how instructional programs developed in the West Indies not as the result of a rational curriculum development process but, rather, through a series of compromises made to accommodate the views of various influential groups. Education and curriculum evolved by way of a show, yet constant, changing dialectical process.

Such an insightful work will arouse the interest of scholars and students of educational development, particularly those studying the West Indies.


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Chapter 1 Early West Indian Society and Education
Chapter 2 Early English Settlements
Educated Manpower and the White Population
Educated Manpower and the NonWhite Population
Chapter 5 Educational Provisions for the Whites
Chapter 6 Educational Provisions for the NonWhites
Chapter 7 The Missionaries Educational Activities
Chapter 8 Education Just Prior to Emancipation
Chapter 9 Educational Provisions After Emancipation
Chapter 10 PostEmancipation Primary School Curriculum
Chapter 11 Teachers and Their Preparation Prior to 1845
Chapter 12 Discontinuation of the Negro Education Grant
An Instrument for Social Reproduction or for Change?

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Page 8 - For the European experience on the islands was in fact that of creating a world without men soon after original contact. This scourging of the human landscape enabled the Europeans to set the terms of their future colonialism in the Caribbean area in ways very different from those available to them in the densely occupied areas of the nonwestern world.

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M. Kazim Bacchus was Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for International Education and Development at the University of Alberta. He helped as Director to establish the Institute for Educational Development at The Aga Khan University in Kartachi, Pakistan. He taught at the Universities of London, Guyana, West Indies, Alberta, and Chicago and was a consultant with CIDA, UNESCO, the Government of Papua New Guinea, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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